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Topic tags/keywords: ken hawley tool collecting sheffield

This man has forgotten more about tools than most of us will ever know. His collection lives on at the Ken Hawley Trust at Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Sheffield. In this video he talks about his collection and shares some stories. He also shows the tool that got him interested in old tools.

http://youtu.be/ijCEeRIdQSo

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.


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#1 posted 235 days ago

Mr. Hawley is a great story teller with an interesting story. Thanks very much for sharing Andy.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#2 posted 235 days ago

Cool video Andy. Would be nice to nose around his collection. Looks like he had a remarkable amount of saws.

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#3 posted 235 days ago

Thanks for the awesome video Andy!

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#4 posted 235 days ago

Slack Sellars saws!!

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#5 posted 235 days ago

That’s right Toby. I’m thinking the Hawley collection might have a Slack Sellars catalogue that will hold the key to when Daryl’s saw was made.

For those who don’t know what the hell I’m on about, Toby and I are referring to a thread on WoodNet.

http://www.forums.woodnet.net/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=6612135&page=1&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#6 posted 235 days ago

Thank you Andy.

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#7 posted 235 days ago

Great video! I would love to go through that entire collection. Andy, you might know the answer to this, are the antique and junk shops around Sheffield littered with old tools and knives that were made in the area?

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#8 posted 235 days ago

Sadly no Richard. They are no different to the junk/antique shops in the rest of the country and they don’t really stock old tools at all. Depending on where you live, you might find some old tools at car boot sales, but by and large people rely on ebay.co.uk.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#9 posted 235 days ago

Andy, I’m surprised by that. I live in Western Massachusetts and the flea markets/tag sales/barn sales etc are loaded with old tools. There are several dealers within an hours drive from me. Given the long and skilled manufacturing that happened there I would have thought used tools proliferated throughout your neighborhood.

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#10 posted 235 days ago

That was the best.
Thank you Andy.

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#11 posted 235 days ago

That was neat to watch. Thanks.

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#12 posted 234 days ago

Wonderful video Andy. I think I got a tear in my eye when Mr. Hawley mentioned at the end how privileged he felt to have known so many skilled people there in Sheffield and lived his life during that time period. I was amazed at the size and diversity of the collection.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 234 days ago

and they don’t really stock old tools at all.

Sounds like a retirement job waiting to happen Andy.

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#14 posted 234 days ago

Thanks for sharing, Andy. Too bad the video was so short! Makes me wanna visit Sheffield…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 234 days ago

A fine video, Andy, thanks for sharing. I think I could listen to Mr. Hawley tell stories all day…

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