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