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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.

-- 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 12-29-2013 06:51 PM

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

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 07:06 PM

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 12-29-2013 08:16 PM

Thanks for the awesome video Andy!

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 08:24 PM

Slack Sellars saws!!

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#5 posted 12-29-2013 09:46 PM

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.

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#6 posted 12-29-2013 11:22 PM

Thank you Andy.

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 12:11 AM

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 12-30-2013 12:32 AM

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

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#9 posted 12-30-2013 12:55 AM

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 12-30-2013 01:59 AM

That was the best.
Thank you Andy.

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#11 posted 12-30-2013 02:49 AM

That was neat to watch. Thanks.

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#12 posted 12-30-2013 08:41 AM

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.

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#13 posted 12-30-2013 02:00 PM

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 12-30-2013 02:55 PM

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

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#15 posted 12-30-2013 03:17 PM

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

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