|Forum topic by rilanda||posted 08-09-2012 07:14 PM||646 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-09-2012 07:14 PM
This was the first tool i bought
Chuck and ratchet
Another view of the brace
VR drawing of a 1940/50 kids trolley
This brace and the 3/4” bit were bought in 1949 from Woolworth in Beeston Nottingham. My Dad (god bless him) gave me one shilling a week pocket money and I was building myself a trolley at that time from pieces of old wood and a set of pram wheels, up to this point I had struggled along with a variety of old tools but I did not have any means of drilling the hole for the steering bar; this required a 3/4” hole. Woolworth at that time sold tools from compartments on counter tops and tools could be bought from separate compartments and assembled at home. This is how I bought this brace it cost me the princely sum of two shillings and sixpence and was bought over a period of three weeks and did the job admirably. My dad saw the tool and found out its cost and promptly gave me a good wallop for “wasting money”. My dad was a sportsman and had no use for tools of any description, if I had spent the money on a cricket bat or football all would have been well, but he saw no value in tools. The tool is still in good working order, chuck and ratchet still working and although it is stamped “FOREIGN” the end button runs on a ball race. This brace has immense sentimental value to me for the reasons I have mentioned above, each time I pick it up either to clean or use I think of my old Dad; lost him seven years ago when he was 92 years young and still the sportsman; loved him. I have 3 other braces of much better quality than this, one Record and one Stanley but neither of these have the same place in my life as this Brace. Worthless yet absolutely Priceless.
-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.