My father died when he was only 41, and I was 14. He was a craftsman and enjoyed working with wood. Apart from losing him, one of my biggest regrets is that he died before I had the chance to talk to him and learn this craft from him.
My most treasured possession is his old toolbox with his metal initials on, ‘MSC-Michael Stanley Cook’. This box contains some of his most-used tools. It’s a strong wooden box he made, and the felt lining shows the respect people had for tools back then, trying to minimise damage and scratches.
In recent years I’ve become accustomed to using these, (using books and the internet instead to glean knowledge), and now also collect vintage tools to add to my collection. Soon I will need to make my own toolbox.