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Paul Dubois's toolbox and bag

The lid of the box has been cleverly fitted out to hold a spirit level – a relatively fragile object – in place. The bag was used for carrying small, sturdy tools.

Paul Dubois built this toolbox from planks of light wood (pine) so that he could easily carry his tools on his shoulder. It mainly holds tools for tracing (plumb-bob, compass, pencil, scribe, surveyor's square, level, stakes) and shaping (chisels, gauge, hammers) as well as tool-care equipment (grease box, whetstones and tap wrench). The lid of the box has been cleverly fitted to hold a spirit level – a relatively fragile object – in place. At the start of a job, a carpenter would leave his toolbox at the worksite and only bring it back home when the work was finished.
The rural carpenter was an itinerant worker, and had to be able to transport easily his or her hand tools to the worksite, either on foot or by bicycle. For small, sturdy tools, the leather bag with its shoulder strap filled this function perfectly. The bag was used to hold pincers, chisels and gouges wrapped in cloth, a marking gauge, etc., the contents varying depending on the needs of the moment. The bag was made locally by a village saddle-maker.

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Muidorge (France)
Muidorge (France)