Let's Not Forget Where We've Come From

As much as we're gushing about the new tools from Bosch, it's often good to remember where we've come from in terms of the tools we use. Whether we use tools for our hobby, to fix up our house or to earn a living, maybe we take the power of our lithium-ion batteries for granted. As we pointed out recently, power tools have come a long way.

However, there are some who prefer the old ways, the ways before we invented tools that plug into the mains, the ways before we slotted a small battery pack into our tools and relied on brute power to get the job done. I was intrigued by this post on the Village Carpenter blog about people who still make - and use - hand tools.

images from Village Carpenter
What do you think about these sort of tools? Have their makers - and users - missed the point somewhat? Or is there something more that mere nostalgia about using hand-made tools that don't come with a slot for a lithium-ion battery, but carry a spirit of craft and flair that maybe we've lost along the way? We'd love to know your thoughts.

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