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It’s always interesting to know how people who came before you created the tools they needed to go about their lives. What tools did they need? How did they construct them and for what purpose? The folks at Davistown Museum are interested in these questions as well. On their cool website you can check out really old-school tools, like the 18th century bill hook pictured here.

This small excerpt from the Davistown Museum site helps explain what they’re looking to achieve:

The mission of The Davistown Museum exhibition “An Archaeology of Tools” is the recovery, identification, evaluation and display of the hand tools of the maritime culture of coastal New England from the first European visitors in the 16th century to the fluorescence of the Industrial Revolution. Particular emphasis is put on the display of hand tools characteristic of the maritime culture of Maine, its shipbuilders and toolmakers, as well as the tools of the trades of the artisans of Davistown Plantation, later the towns of Montville and Liberty.

If you have an interest in this kind of tool lore then you’ll enjoy digging around the site to see how Toolmongers back in the day did it.  We get a charge out of picturing an 18th century solider actually swinging this blade to cut away brush. Now that’s working with your hands for a living.

Davistown Museum [Official Website]


4 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Davistown Museum

  1. PutnamEco says:

    Nothing like checking out a bunch of old tools.
    A couple museums that I’ve enjoyed

    Mercer in PA

    Space Farms in NJ

    Both have nice old tool collections.

    Any one else have any recommendations?

  2. Frank Townend says:

    Cool, yes. But can’t help but notice the hacked old tape measure in the picture. Maybe some old tools aren’t worth “saving”.

  3. tim underwood says:

    Frank, in my shop, old tapes are cut into pieces and tucked everywhere. I’m never more than a step away from one.

  4. Evan N. says:

    Did anybody happen to notice that the tape measure is likely from the days of “Go Metric”?! It’s got decimals of a foot!! That is so awesome.

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