Old Tools: Sacred Family Heirlooms

Working with our grandparents’ old tools connects us to our ancestors, to work and to tradition.

Tools used by three generations of the author’s family.
Photo By Matthew Stallbaumer
From his father, Lonnie, the author inherited a passel of old tools, an appreciation for the value of hard work — and his ears.
Photo By Carolyn Welch
In some families, old implements like these can be as fitting an inheritance as jewelry, land or furniture.
Photo Courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society; WHS-75823
This heavy, 3-foot open-end wrench worked hard on the railroad.
Photo By Matthew Stallbaumer

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