I got this note from JA today, after posting my note about selling tools
It was a good idea to restate the tool distribution plan.
In the past I must have been guided by a good spirit. A long time ago and sometimes since I have been able to obtain useable tools at modes cost! Back then Pawn and Hock Shops were a good source the more so in Baltimore, a busy seaport. At tool auctions I was often able to obtain useable tools but not brass and mahogany from successful auction bidders who had to buy throw ins they did not want. Sometimes I was able to trade brass and mahogany for a number of useables. Some tools were gifts from people who responded to my enthusiasm. Often I didn’t even know I needed a tool but it turned out I did. Many were tools for joinery-a craft I didn’t even known existed at the time I acquired them.
In time I was able to furnish useable, functioning tools to the classes I taught. Over the years I have been able to help 3 wonderful apprentices along.
Wow it has been a wonderful journey!
Your idea of how to get the tools back into workshops all over was the most fitting way to continue their journeys.
I promise to send you no power tools.”