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Bolt's  Tool
Museum
Grand Opening
May 6


Article from ' The Digger ' May 3, 2006
 


The Bolt Tool Museum, scheduled to open on May 6, got its start because teenage boys wouldn’t pay attention during shop class.  Back in 1957, Carl 'Bud' Bolt was a representative of Snap-On Tools, one of the innovators in modern tool design and production.  He traveled to schools across the country giving presentations to shop classes, but found the boys inattentive.  He started collecting old tools to demonstrate the difference between the unwieldy collections that the boys’ fathers and grandfathers might have used and the modern detachable socket set.  Not only did the boys begin paying attention, Bud began a life-long fascination with old tools.  Although he vowed to stop collecting when he reached 1,000 pieces, the collection now numbers over 8,400 pieces.  Each is meticulously cataloged and referenced, and research is ongoing, fulfilling Bud Bolt’s dream of having a collection that will be enjoyed and studied by tool aficionados, scholars, and students from around the world. 

This is the only museum of its kind, but Oroville almost missed out on getting this priceless collection.  It was originally offered to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, but they failed to produce a suitable location for a permanent display, which was one of Bud’s conditions. He didn’t want the tools hidden in a basement, but made available to the public.  The tools were on display at the Bolt home for many years, when the City of Oroville asked him to donate the collection.  Finally, the tools have found a permanent home.

All of the tools on display were manufactured prior to WWII.  They include a hand-forged set of sockets made by a blacksmith that Bud found in a Kalispell, Montana junk store, since the box was marked $3.50, that’s what he paid.  There is a collection of adjustable wrenches that measure from a tiny pair about 4 inches long to a giant 12-foot industrial wrench. A set of unusual tools includes a 3-in-1 tool for replacing the belt on a treadle sewing machine.  One part of the tool cuts the belt to the correct length, another part punches holes in the new belt, and a third attaches the clamp that holds the belt together.

The Bolt Tool Museum will officially open its doors on Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 AM. Regular hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:45 AM to 3:45 PM.  The museum is located at the end of Safford Street between Oak and Pine Streets near the Chinese Museum.   

     For more information call: 530 538-2528