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Favorite Old Tool(s) #1: Curious Inactive Collector

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Blog entry by Paul posted 05-12-2007 12:05 AM 809 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve mentioned that I have collected old tools. Others have alluded to old tool collections as well and we’ve caught of glimpse of some old tools in the plane tuning blog. But I have kind of gone inactive in the past three or four years. I can trace my inactivity back to when I seriously downsized my collection in order to pay for a week-long woodworking class.

I got started picking up a wooden plane, rosewood level or a set of socket chisels here and there in my teens as I attended farm acutions with my father in Northern Illinois. I was (and am) entralled with the quality, spirit, rhythm and skill of hand-crafting. I used to love watching Roy Underhill on PBS!

I feel blessed to be the caretaker of tools from both my maternal and paternal grandfathers – as well as some old tools I was given by a Cooper (Barrel Maker) in Kentucky. (See Traditional Tool Chest Project. Unfortunately I didn’t get his coopering tools. He lamented that he had given them away to a museum shortly before he discovered my interest in old tools. He lamented because he never received the recognition of even a “thank you” from the museum.) I’ll post pictures of my favorite old tools and any story that goes with it beginning tomorrow. I would love to see your old tools as well.

What’s your favorite old tool? It doesn’t have to be valuable from a collector $ stand-point. Value, to you, may be in its beauty – its form – its ingenuity – its legacy of ownership. That’s certainly the case for the tools I will post. Tools that are beautiful. Tools I remember in my grandfather’s hand. Etc.

-- Paul, Texas



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WayneC

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#1 posted 05-12-2007 04:48 AM

Picking a favorite is too tough of a task. I like finding any good quality woodworking tool. I’m working on getting a comprehensive set of hand tools assembled. Hand drills, hammers, drills, planes, chisels, etc.

My current favorites are my modern Lie-Nielson planes.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-12-2007 06:38 AM

It is a hard thing to do. Right now I am working on Craftsman woodworking tools, Craftsman Tool Company, Before Sears bought them in 1927. Some I have gotten from my grandfather’s tool set.

These tools are really well made, very very innovative and I plan on using them in my shop.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 05-12-2007 06:44 AM

You guys will have to post some photos…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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