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These old tools belonged to my grandfather and my father and are now sometimes used by my husband.
My maternal grandfather was a carpenter and like many young Irish men of his generation he went to America in search of work. Unusually, he returned home from New York and, with the money he had earned there, set about extending the cottage he'd left into a two-storey farmhouse. I imagine that traces of his craftsmanship remain in the
staircase and other pieces of carpentry around the house.
My father was a builder and he too went overseas in search of work. His
time in south Wales left him with a love of classical music and opera. He too left his stamp on the house.

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laine27-Oct-2011 22:37
We have tools like these too...they certainly don't make them like that anymore
Carl and Racine Erland15-Sep-2011 05:06
Beautiful shot...great mood with the lovely tones and lighting. - Racine V
BleuEvanescence13-Sep-2011 04:14
You can tell those have a story...
J. Scott Coile13-Sep-2011 01:56
beautiful presentation of these family treasures.
Jola Dziubinska12-Sep-2011 22:20
What a great keepsake, wonderful memories come together with these old tools. Fantastic capture, Mairéad.
tinkerb12-Sep-2011 21:36
Super picture and narrative - I feel I can associate with it.
Brian Samuel12-Sep-2011 21:17
Fab atmosphere in the photo, with real meaning from you explanation and I'm sure that those personal touches in the house are equal to them.
Colin Storey12-Sep-2011 19:34
A wonderful story about your familys history and of the house you live in. Great keepsakes.
John Reynolds12-Sep-2011 19:05
Wonderful old tools - a great family treasure.
Johnny JAG12-Sep-2011 18:17
Wonderful history
Kevin Chester12-Sep-2011 16:59
Thats a superb still life with great light, it could almost be portrait photography since it portrays the users of the tools so well. .....if that makes any sense
Patricia Kay12-Sep-2011 16:33
Love family history and creativity always leaves its mark...Great image and also great that the tools are still being used Mairead...BV
Walter O. Koenig12-Sep-2011 15:32
Great story and a wonderful rich history. A fine image too. "V"
Norbert Fortelny12-Sep-2011 15:08
Superb classic tools, great photo!
Stephanie12-Sep-2011 11:43
Fabulous information about your family history!
Your still-life image is superb! V
Neal Nye12-Sep-2011 11:04
So nice to live among family history and artifacts like that. A very comforting feeling to this image.
Heidi Jonker12-Sep-2011 05:01
Beautiful old tools, history well captured.
Janice Dunn12-Sep-2011 04:07
Yes, we have old tools too going back through the generations - and my husband has passed some onto our sons too.
Cindi Smith12-Sep-2011 03:03
Love the tones. This is awesome and the textures are fantastic! V
Frank Brault12-Sep-2011 02:35
A marvelous still life and family story. V
janescottcumming12-Sep-2011 01:33
Wonderful still life! Great tones.
Carl Carbone12-Sep-2011 00:21
Great still life. This could be an ad for Stanley! V
Carla Resh12-Sep-2011 00:16
well done and love the history.V
LynnH11-Sep-2011 23:49
Wonderful photo, you've captured the age and strength of these cherished heirlooms. V
Barry Moore11-Sep-2011 22:50
Wonderful to see these tools. I too have my Dad's Brace n Bit and a Stanley Plane, So I will cherish them some more as "power tools" have taken over.
globalgadabout11-Sep-2011 21:53
it's plane (sic) to see you have a rich family story to draw on..the old hand-crank drill
must be a treasured artifact as well, and the square definitely an older model yet potentialy useful once one adapts...doubtlessly both houses and furniture were fashioned with such simple yet effective tools long before Ikea simplified the steps to an easily digestible process...the traces of sawdust accentuate the labours carried out by these wonderful old tools...V
Doug Cruden11-Sep-2011 21:35
Wonderful bit of history Mairead, and beautifully illustrated through these lovely old tools....
larose forest photos11-Sep-2011 21:16
Fascinating history to these tools, which are lovely. And I see there is a Stanley made tool too. V
Phillip Normanton11-Sep-2011 20:52
Ooh, brace'n'bit - not seen one of those for a while... but tut tut - you shouldn't keep the plane blade-down like that :o)
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