I wanted to create a running list of crafting professions that were part of Medieval life, but which are not commonly in RPGs. They may or may not be used in the game, but might be helpful to think about. Others can add if they think of anything. POTTERS and TILERS. These could be the same profession or two separate professions, but they both used the same type of kilns. Potters were craftsmen of in clay, porcelain and early forms of ceramics; basically they produced pots for cooking and storage and occasionally worked as sculptors. A YouTube video on making Medieval pottery here. Tilers made floor tiles, often with very ornate designs. A description of the tile-making process here and a video on YouTube, and a PDF document with illustrations of the process and a picture of a replica of a wood-fired kiln. CANDLE-MAKERS and SOAP-MAKERS. Often this was done by the same profession, as candles were often made out of tallow, just like soap. Candles from beeswax were also made. They would often be called chandlers, and their craft, chandlery. A visit to a medieval-style candle-making shop in Italy here. A discussion of medieval soapmaking here. GLASS-BLOWERS. Glass-blowing was added into Ultima Online as an afterthought, but was a major profession. They would have a special kiln called a "glass kiln." STONE-MASONS. Responsible for cutting and setting stone. A discussion of Medieval stone masonry here. TAR-MAKERS and CHARCOAL-MAKERS. Tar and pitch was sold in the towns during the Middle Ages. It was needed for making boats watertight and keeping the draught out of the houses. It was usually produced in the forests. One made tar from tree-stumps, or other pieces of wood which contained a lot of resin. The wood was chopped in small pieces. These were put in a pit in the ground, and covered with peat, or in a tar-kiln. Then the wood was set fire to. It was allowed to smoulder for a couple of days, while the tar trickled out of the wood to the bottom of the pit. There, a pipe collected the tar. The tar was then poured into wooden casks, which were sold in town. Charcoal was also made in a similar manner, in a charoal-pit, or choarcoal-kiln. A YouTube video on the charcoal-making process used by the Saxons here. AMENDMENTS: ROPE-MAKERS and NET-MAKERS. Weaving ropes and twine, and making nets from them. A YouTube video here. And here is a description of the rope-making process in the Middle Ages. And are some photos of net-making tools. BASKET-WEAVERS. BOOK-BINDERS, and PARCHMENT-MAKERS. Scribes, book-binders, illuminators, and parchment-makers would have worked nearby churches, at universities, or at monasteries, since they were the ones who largely used them. Book-sellers, called "stationers," would also have shops near by, on what was called "book street." There is a description of book-making for profit in the late Middle Ages here. Paper didn't become common until around 1450, so until then books were made with parchment or vellum. Pelts were first soaked in a lime solution to loosen the fur, then stretcched, and scraped using a knife, in a repeated process until the parchment maker achieved the desired thickness. There's a description of the whole process of parchment-making, book-binding, illumination, and writing here in the documentation for an exhibition at the Getty Center, "The Making of a Medieval Book." A more detailed description on book-binding in particular here.