You, sir, have my deepest respect for that level of commitment. You probably have a collection worthy of a Museum exhibit, by the sounds of it. Hidden in your head is a love of a specific set of tools, and how they all worked together… if ever I’ve heard of an Academic study of such a subject, it’s the collection you describe. Though it may not have a large financial worth to you, or your children, I am certain that the very act of putting that level of historical detail together would be worth more than any given piece is worth financially. In a lot of ways, with full documentation of the collection, that could be turned into a book that is required reading for vocational trades schools, or as a part of a traveling exhibit that visits post-secondary institutions to teach students where these things came from, and why they’re still important in the electric age. Sure, a DeWALT cordless planer could do something fast, but the care and love you’ve taken in collecting those tools should show the value in doing things WELL.
We need more of that in the world! I have always envied the OLD trades. Knife/Blade Making, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking (which I do some of myself), and common Wood and Metal working. I know I’m a young guy, but I have always been depressed at so many trades and trades people disappearing from the world. I don’t like this throw-away world, and I have always wanted to repair or reuse things, rather than toss them aside.
Please, fred, I beg of you… Document and, for lack of a better term, Curate that collection of yours. Publish a book, or assemble it in a way that can be some sort of touring exhibit. Perhaps take on an apprentice to do this, perhaps one of your children, and take the time in your life, with all you know and have experienced, to gift that back to the world. One way or another, this could earn you some small stipend or license fee while you’re alive, and present your children with something to honour you with long after that. I’m POSITIVE I’m not the only one in the world who would be in debited to you for doing this. You talk of the quality, and love of these companies, perhaps some of the sponsorship funding could come from those companies? I don’t know. I just know that you, sir, have a deeply admirable treasure on your hands, and are a person worth respecting for having gone to such lengths for it.
From the bottom of my heart, @fred… Thank You!