An Amazing Tool Collection

As part of a recent Midwest Tool Collector’s Association regional meeting in southern Virginia we were treated to a tour of an amazing private collection that ran the gamut of very cool old tools.  The collection has been gathered over decades, and was a sight to behold.  The space holding it was pretty crowded so the visitors could only browse for a few minutes, but I am thinking another visit is in store.


Though every part of the collection was captivating, I have to say that this sign certainly caught my eye.  It brings to mind the old Robert Heinlein quote about specialization.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

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