Trajectory of Tools

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Ancient stone axes are quite obvious as they litter the past and last well, but what of more recent tools? With the microscopic world of electron flow, everything changed and the work is invisible. How did we get here? Follow the tools from ancient to modern times.


These are sailmaker’s tools from the 18th or 19th century. Note that the flat needle seems very well made whereas the hook seems primitive. Perhaps it was a replacement created on a local forge after the manufactured original was lost overboard. Or perhaps the missing handle made the hook appear as elegant in design as the needle. This is purely romantic conjecture.
Iron Sailmaker’s Tools 
4 and 4 ¼” 
18th or 19th Century
New England, U.S.A. 

Theatre of Memory program: The Trajectory of Tools