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Tools [Apr. 24th, 2019|10:25 am]
Tony Grist
We got rid of a lot of my father's tools, but we still have any number of screwdrivers. What do you give a man who has everything but is known to be a bit handy? I know, how about a case of screwdrivers with jewel-bright plastic handles? And so they built up. When we moved in we added several sets of our own.

Not complaining.

I needed to mend the hay rake. It had a screw missing- one of the screws that holds the head to the handle- and the consequence was that it shook about and rattled when you used it.  No worries. Not only do we have all those screwdrivers to choose from but several boxes containing a  selection of screws of all shapes and sizes.

The hay rake is ancient. I remember it being around when I was a boy. It is also very beautiful- as  functional things always are.. Just wood and wire and screws and rust but as satisfying as most of the objects you'll see in a gallery.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-04-24 11:52 am (UTC)
That sounds so much like my dad's workshop in our basement. He was a sheet metal mechanic and had every tool known to man it seemed. And a vast collection of nails, washers, screws etc. My brother claimed a lot of it. We took a hammer and a level I remembered him using all the time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-24 12:02 pm (UTC)
My father was an engineer- and loved gadgets and machinery. As a young man he'd worked with wood- though I don't remember him doing much of that in my childhood or after.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-04-24 04:22 pm (UTC)
one of the things I've charged my brother with is getting rid of Dad's tools - there are also several tools from both grandfathers. I asked a friend if they might be worth something and I was told that most people buy them to hang from ceilings in restaurants, now.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-24 04:30 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose old tools have any great value; there'll just be too many of them around. We gave my father's tool cupboard and its contents to a guy who may get some use out of them.
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