If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail

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‘If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail’ - Abraham Maslow.

I have about 70 and I spent time today preparing them for the Curious Collections day next Sunday.

About 30 collectors will have a collection on display and most will be on hand to describe their pursuit and answer questions.

My primary collection is of hammers and mallets.

There are actually thousands of types of hammers in numerous sizes – for most trades and many professions. My personal collection is small in comparison.

Most of my items show ‘character’ - the wear and tear of years of use. The battered head and sweat stained handle add to the interest for me. Because of this, there are some duplicates of type – bearing different wear. A few are home or farm made or repaired.

They range in weight from 40 gms to 9.2 kg.

My latest acquisition is an upholstery hammer given by a friend. One face of the head is magnetized. This allows the upholsterer to hold fabric in place with one hand and pick one tack at a time from their mouth with the hammer in their other hand. Once started, the tacks are driven with the other face. Staple guns have largely replaced tacking now days and probably saved a few apprentices from swallowing a tack!

The collection didn’t actually require much preparation. The smaller items are protected from dust inside a cabinet. The larger sit alongside and required a bit of a dust off. I took the opportunity to add a bit of polish. Packing them in crates and still being able to lift them was the most difficult.

Back to the quote at the start. I am not just a collector … I regularly use hammers too. Unfortunately in the last week I was driving wedges into a stump with a heavy maul (sledgehammer) and now have a rather sore right thumb with black nail!

Part of the About Time festival, the Curious Collections event is for one day only – Sunday 18 May, 10 am – 4 pm.

Old Highercombe Hotel Museum, 3 Perseverance Road, Tea Tree Gully. Entry $2.

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