New old tools

It’s 7am on a sunday and I’m walking around a farmer’s field in the rain – there must be a car boot sale. Following the recent workshop fire I’m planning to try and repair as many of the tools as possible, retempering them and making handles and sheaths but some things need replacing.  Mainly this is saws where the blade is buckled beyond my skills to straighten, wooden bodied tools or small items that got lost in amongst the debris.

Today I visited 3 local boot sales but the pickings were thin and I only came home with the meager haul below:

The marking guages will get converted into scratch stocks for cutting beads and the big screwdriver is for Charlie, who loves them.  Most interesting is the expansion bit made by Ridgway which will supposedly cut up to a 3″ hole! Maybe the things I’m looking for are too specialised, I’m too fussy or all the old guys’ sheds have been cleared out already.

Meanwhile, a parcel arrived from Richard Bingham, a fellow APT member though someone I’ve never met who read about the workshop fire and generously donated the axe and drawknives below. They’ve already been put to use on some oak chair legs this weekend. The other item in the picture is a tine from an old drag rake, shaved into a square taper 10″ long and with a square tenon. Richard has a few old rakes from his brother’s farm which I hope to get some more info on in the future.


About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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