For some time now and i mean years, this thought has been on my mind.
Question i have is what to do in will regarding tools.
Times have changed i am sure we can all agree that our kids might not neccessarily take up tinkering. I can see mine attempting some work around their house but they way more interested in sporting activities than tinkering and woodwork is even one step deeper in the tinkering world.
My concern got greater after i saw Pauls shop being sold off recently. As y'all know i purchased his drill press with the assistance of Jay and Larry.
Thats fine for the big stuff but the smalls ???
I dont see the value as in second hand realistic fire sale value of what i have making a dent to my estate.
I would far sooner see these tools ending up in someones hands thats going to love them the way i do and not a collector but a user.
But the gap between a good intention of leaving them to such solution and the reality of finding a person in need that would appreciate and use them is huge.
Even with the kids hopefully by the time i do pop off, they would have already acquired many of their own tools so they faced with feeling "obligated" to take on Dads some for sentimental reasons but realistically unless one is somewhat interested it becomes hording for the sake of it.
Example being i am still sitting with 80kg of "stuff" my dad sent me not long before his passing. Stuff he could not bear to clean out. But in reality totally his "stuff" that has no connection to me.
Another example of this cold be something as small as my scratch stock tool i made and its blades. A good hand tool woodworker or interested person would make use of it. Its super highly unlikely my sons ever would so it becomes either a casualty and garbage or a hording burden.
Some of you dont have offspring so i wondered what your thoughts have been on this?
Add to this the burden it places for your loved ones left behind to see to this with them knowing how much it meant to you.
Seeing how Tom felt clearing out Dads workshop while alive is bad enough showing but it would be even worse after the even worse after passing in my view.
Whats your take, i know its an unpleasant subject but thinking about how fast the past years have gone and planning surgery raises thoughts that we are all mortal.
I wish there was some old woodworking tool charity that would take on these items and see they get to a needy home but i cant see how it would work vetting the fake needy. Any ideas?
Food for thought i am sure.
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