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Carpenters’ tools (2nd of 2)

Carpenters’ tools

Tools were imported from the great industrial cities of Britain such as Sheffield and Manchester. Carpenters and joiners owned their own tools and took great care of them. They were a considerable investment, and at a time when a son would often follow a father in his chosen trade, fathers often willed their tools to their sons.

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Reference: Eric Olssen, Building the new world : work, politics and society in Caversham 1880s-1920s. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1995, p. 121

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Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Carpenters, joiners, painters, decorators and plasterers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010