Walter Lloyd, at the remarkable age of 89, is a former charcoal burner, fell pony breeder and bow top wagon maker. He has an extensive collection of hand tools that he’s acquired over the last 3o years, relating to coppicing, coopering, tanning, blacksmithing, scything, basket making…you name it, it’s probably there. He is also a fantastic story teller, and has one for nearly every object.
We are The Woodmanship Trust, and have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Sharing Heritage’ grant to conduct Walter’s Tools – a restoration project to turn Walter’s collection into a usable public tool library. We have a great task ahead of us sorting, restoring and cataloguing around 300 tools with the able help of volunteers, ready for the library which will be stored at Stott Park Bobbin Mill from 2015.
If you’d like to be involved, whether to offer expert advice or to come and help as a volunteer, please contact us through this blog, via twitter @walterstools, or by email walterstools[AT]gmail[DOT]com