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identify for people are general workers tools, and there seems to be a lot of moulding planes in WA, which today have been replaced by powered routers,” Hand Tool Preservation Society of WA president Bob Wallis said.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