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“Anyone seen my hammer?”

I think I’ve written about this before… people (mostly men [commonly me]) putting down a tool, wandering off and then believing that somebody has lifted said implement.

Visitors seem fascinated/occasionally slightly alarmed by tools, “Do you let the guys use the err, sharp tools, you know the sharp ones?”

Yes, of course we do. Very important. A few reasons…

  1. How are you going to do the job without using sharp tools?
  2. Trust people. We build trust from day one.
  3. People learn responsibility by doing and discover how to respect tools, to use them safely and not to mistreat or lose them (note to self).

So, it is perhaps not surprising that people like to donate old tools to us.

Entire shed loads (spring cleaning clear outs) arrive, rusting, no longer used, or loved.

We have previously stored them up not always knowing quite what to do with them. But often finding a use for them in our daily work around the site.

Then, Steve Wellington (who now oversees keeping the site maintained) suggested that some of the un-loved tools were worthy of restoration, and that perhaps one or two of the guys would be interested in doing this?

Oh yes, they were…

And within days a shed was cleared out, wire brushes, oils and new wooden handles were purchased, a bit of shop space was created to display these vintage tools and LandWorks ‘Restored Tools’ was born.

It works so well and on so many levels, a marvelously simple idea, that builds self-worth, confidence and generates honest wholesome enterprise. Bringing unloved things back into the community and they are useful.

I’m sure there is a LandWorks analogy there, but I’ll let you do that.

The first sale was, yes of course, a hammer!

The excitement shot around the site, great delight at our first sale.

I walked down to the shop to join in, oh brilliant, it was actually (genuinely) my own blue handle hammer that I had misplaced quite some time ago!


27th January 2022