One more thought about the sale of Jennie Alexander’s tools

I got this note from JA today, after posting my note about selling tools

 

“Peter

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.”

Jennie

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6 thoughts on “One more thought about the sale of Jennie Alexander’s tools

  1. Jennie – you mentioned three apprentices
    “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.”
    I am assuming that Peter is one of your apprentices. Would you be kind enough tp confirm that, and tell us who the others were, where they are, about their work and what they are currently doing.

    Thanks for the enjoyment and inpiration through the years

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