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  1. Northwest Coast Mask (Hawk)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  2. Rubber

    Bounce into the fascinating world of rubber production. Rubber is, and was, an important resource in Middle America. Extracted from milkweed trees, rubber is exposed to acid, sulphur and high heat to create a variety of useful materials. Rubber was imported into Central Mexico from Veracruz. Learn More
  3. Salt

    Salt may be a common table seasoning, but it also has a variety of other uses. Our most common salt, sodium chloride, can be found in seawater, salt springs, marshes and soil. Discover these examples as well their many applications. Learn More
  4. Graphite

    Take a closer look at the graphite in your pencil and you'll be surprised to learn that it might represent the carbon from life forms of past geological ages. Though graphite is only one form of carbon, it is found in two places: crystalline clumps and softer rocks. Learn More
  5. Abrasives

    Scratch through the surface of these practical materials. Natural abrasives usually contain minerals with a tough grain structure, making them useful in grinding materials like metal and wood, and artificial abrasives closely mimic this structure. Learn More
  6. Japanese Cloisonné

    Witness the extraordinary work of Japanese cloisonné artists. Created with wire framing filled in with enamel paste, the art of enamel decoration has been practiced since ancient times. Learn More
  7. How Shears Are Made

    Explore the basic process used to create these everyday objects. Samples of the procedure exhibit each step of scissor production, from the heating of a slender bar of tough low carbon steel to polishing the nickel-plated blades on a cotton-padded machine. Learn More
  8. Pig Iron

    Check out this brittlest of irons, the first product when iron ores are smelted. Pig Iron, also called cast iron, is used in many familiar objects, like stoves, kettles, and flatirons. Learn More
  9. Aluminum Production

    Explore the most versatile of all metals, aluminum can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can also be extruded, forged, and cast in molds. Aluminum is also often alloyed with other metals. Learn More
  10. Linoleum

    One person's waste is another's product! The waste from the manufacture of corkstoppers and other cork byproducts is used in the making of linoleum. Learn the process of how the material used to make your bulletin board is transformed into material used for your kitchen floor! Learn More

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