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Hand Tools

Lets hear about your favorite hand tools, got a No.608C Bedrock you'd like to brag about? Would you like to know how to tune up those old hand planes? Well you've come to the right place!


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Hand tools are often neglected in the search for the pleasing objects of the past. Considered too utilitarian, their decorative appeal—the mellow patina of the wood plane or the delicately tapered legs of a pair of dividers—often goes unnoticed. Surprisingly modern in design, the ancient carpenter's or cabinetmaker's tool has a vitality of line that can, without reference to technical significance, make it an object of considerable grace and beauty. The hand tool is frequently a lively and decorative symbol of a society at a given time—a symbol, which, according to the judges at London's Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851, gives "indications of the peculiar condition and habits of the people whence they come, of their social and industrial wants and aims, as well as their natural or acquired advantages." The hand tool, therefore, should be considered both as an object of appealing shape and a document illustrative of society and its progress. ~ (Woodworking Tools 1600-1900 Author: Peter C. Welsh)

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