Last week for my birthday I got a rather remarkable present from my grandparents: my great grandfather’s Craftsman lathe chisels. My great-grandfather died in 1974, well before I met him, and they passed to my grandfather. He is a consummate craftsman and artist and through the early 90s owned a lumber yard in Yardley, PA. I feel tremendously lucky to be from a line of craftsmen and to have inherited the proof.
These chisels have now passed to me, and to be honest I’m a little conflicted whether I should use them, or keep them safer and relegate them to my antique/special stuff cabinet. I’m leaning towards the second one. Either way, they are now among the category of things I own which are to be saved for the next generation. My (other) grandfather’s jewelery tools, for example.
-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"