Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Tool Shed

Mass-produced imports allow me to take tools for granted. That market makes sense for commercial operations where securing implements is more trouble than it's worth. I have found, though, through inheriting and stumbling across minor treasures, that a well-designed hand tool is worth investing time in careful maintenance. The right one does half the work. It deserves a clean, well-oiled handle (use linseed) and a business end that's scrubbed and dried after use. A good shovel or rake will last generations. Current communications technology seems right to support the old-fashioned tool-sharpening truck that used to make the rounds of neighborhoods -30-

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