In a village near where I live resides what I believe could be considered the greatest collection of tools ever amassed by one person in a lifetime.
This tool collection consists of both old and new hand tools as well as a complete collection of all the power tools one could find in any shop.
This guy started collecting tools at the age of 13 and continued throughout his life. He made a good living as a helicopter pilot and spent all he made collecting. He died at an early age from cancer sadly the same year he was due to retire from work.
He had no living relatives and left the tool collection and everthing else he owned to a friend of his in the village.
I had a tour of his shop with him before he got sick and was blown away then. Since then I have had the pleasure of spending a few hours on two occasions looking through the shop.
I have seen a lot of nice shop pics over the years and I have no doubt some people have large tool collections but this collection just blows the mind.
I came back from my latest visit and got out the Lee Valley cat. After going from cover to cover I could not find one page with a tool that is not in the collection and on some pages he has every item on the page.
If one were a full time money making woodworker you would not use one tenth of the tools in this shop.
Words cannot do this collection justice and the sad part is that the person who owns it now ( a good friend of mine) is not a woodworker.
I would estimate the entire collection given the number of old and antique tools included in it at a street value of 150,000.00