Tool lovers get a hand

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

MEN can sharpen their knowl­edge of old tools at WA Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion and Hand Tool Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety of WA stands at the an­nual WA Wood­work Show at Clare­mont Show­grounds this week.

“Most of them we iden­tify for peo­ple are gen­eral work­ers tools, and there seems to be a lot of mould­ing planes in WA, which to­day have been re­placed by pow­ered routers,” Hand Tool Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety of WA pres­i­dent Bob Wal­lis said.

Un­usual tools in his col­lec­tion in­clude the surveyor’s level used by rab­bit-proof fence surveyor Richard An­ketell in the 19th cen­tury, and a 1795 Dutch bar­rel­maker found in a chest in WA.

WA Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mike Wig­gin said sheds open­ing weekly in WA to pro­vide male com­pan­ion­ship and sup­port mostly used mod­ern power tools for safety, in­clud­ing saws which switch off when body parts are sensed too close to cut­ting edges.

“But I use planes and chis­els all the time, as there’s a lot to be said for us­ing power tools to get a lot done, but it’s handy to have hand tools when you want to do a pre­cise job,” Mr Wig­gin said.

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