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  • World Famous Tool Collector Dies at Age 87

    Over the course of 50 years Ken Hawley collected more than 100,000 tools, catalogs, and photos of tool factories—enough to fill a museum. And there is a museum.

  • Ford Has Built 33M F-Series Pickups Since 1948

    Wanna see the very first model? You know you do.

  • Ford Has Built 33M F-Series Pickups Since 1948 - do not use

    Wanna’ see the very first model? You know you do.

  • Vintage Lock Mortising Machine

    Way once upon a time – back before Stanley bought Black & Decker – Stanley made electric power tools.

  • Where Death is the Punishment for Losing Your Tape

    Imagine a jobsite where losing your tape measure was punishable by death. That, Jeff Gust said, is how it was if you built pyramids in ancient Egypt.

  • A Shovel for Every Purpose

    Stonehill College may be the only school where the graduating seniors adopt a class shovel. The tradition came about because the Easton, Mass., institution is home to what's commonly called 'the shovel museum,' a collection of more than 750 shovels – some dating back to the 18th century – made by...

  • History In Hand

    Peter Liebhold must have a million tools. As the curator of the Division of Work and Industry at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., he weaves them into stories that illuminate our growth as a country.

  • 100,000 and Counting

    As a young counter hand in a Sheffield, England, tool shop just after World War II, Ken Hawley probably never dreamed that he would someday possess one of the largest and most historically significant tool collections in Great Britain. But when I met him nearly 60 years later, he was busy...

  • Journeyman's Journey

    In the South of France near the city of Nîmes, a mythical structure has existed since the Romans erected it during the first century A.D. The Pont du Gard, or 'bridge over the Gardon River,' was built solely to transport water from a distant spring over the Gardon through a channel atop the span as...