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As I mentioned in the first part of the story, Shay likes to frequent the Jaffa flea markets to look for all kinds of goodies. In fact, many of the tools that he uses come from boxes of miscellaneous items that he has seen there. He buys the tools for little money and later finds the time to rehabilitate them. After fishing the tool from a merchant’s box or picking it from the Parisian rugs that the merchants lay on the sidewalks to showcase their goods, he inspects the tool for breakage, eroded threads, rust, grime, missing parts or chipped handles. Back at the shop, he cleans off the rust and grime, applies a coat of oil on the moving parts and applies a new coat of finish to the handle. At this moment, the tool is finally christened and enters Shay’s growing pantheon of great tools and finds.

Shay told me that, as he grows older and wiser in the art of restoration – so grows his love for the use of hand tools and the culture that they bring about.


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