SoCS – Tools of the Trade

We are back to a more traditional SoCS this week. Check out Linda’s blog if you want to join in – just check out the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with cal.” Use a word starting with the letters “cal” as your prompt word. Have fun!

If you have followed my blog for a while, you may recall I am a bit of a tool geek. I was always exposed to tools hanging around my grandfathers very early on in my life.

My paternal grandfather had a career as a machinist with the railroad. He had tools everywhere. My maternal grandfather was a carpenter and had a wood shop filled with the tools of his trade. My dad worked on all of our family cars and I spent hours upon hours as his helper handing him the tools he needed as he called them out from underneath the car. It’s no wonder I love tools.

When I started making jewelry, tools were important. A caliper became my best friend. I graduated from a manual caliper to a digital caliper and truth be told I may buy another one.

I love tools that are precisely calibrated. So I was ecstatic when I found this amazing new tool to draw circles from Makers Cabinet. What is amazing is the fact that it is designed to work like the iris in a camera. It is engineered out of highly polished brass with stainless spring steel leaves. It is beautifully crafted and well calibrated.

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The tool is made in the U.K., and of course after their successful kickstarter, it has been cheaply replicated and offered on Amazon.

I have my eye on the real deal. I am a snob when it comes to quality tools. This one is gorgeous! Machinists, artists, architects, and jewelers will love this tool!