As Spring splutters in so the doors open on the quiet industriousness of our amazing volunteers over the winter. More than 150 tools have been restored, catalogued, labelled and mounted onto shadow boards ready for borrowing by the public. Many more were catalogued and their uses documented while Walter is still here to tell us about them.
The tools are divided into five categories: AGRICULTURE, GREEN WOODWORKING, FORESTRY, GENERAL and SPECIALIST and each category has its own board of tools. All tools are labelled with name and reference number.
It was extremely satisfying to see them arranged and installed in the boat shed at Stott Park Bobbin Mill – a year’s work made visible. The library opened on Sunday 12th April 2014. The launch event included demonstrations by blacksmith Shaun Bainbridge and tool handle maker Sam Robinson.