Tools were imported from the great industrial cities of Britain such as Sheffield and Manchester. Carpenters and joiners owned their own tools and took great care of them. They were a considerable investment, and at a time when a son would often follow a father in his chosen trade, fathers often willed their tools to their sons.
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Reference: Eric Olssen, Building the new world : work, politics and society in Caversham 1880s-1920s. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1995, p. 121
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