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.
Before labelling, all the tools were divided into five categories: AGRICULTURE, GREEN WOODWORKING, FORESTRY, GENERAL & SPECIALIST, each of which has its own board of tools.
It is 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 will launch on Sunday 12th April at 3pm. The launch event is invite only but the mill will be open all day as usual, with demonstrations by blacksmith Shaun Bainbridge and tool handle maker Sam Robinson, and the library will be open for borrowing tools in the late afternoon.
Enormous thanks to all our volunteers, colleagues, artisans, tutors, workshop attendants and interested people far and wide for making this such an exciting and valuable project. We hope to see the library made good use of in this beautiful neck of the woods we live in.