Bud's Tool Blog

Junk Rains Hell on Axis

March 15, 2020

Well folks I am here at the museum looking at a photo of scrap iron falling from the sky with the caption: "Junk rains hell on axis". It reminds me of a call from our government during World War II for people to turn in any and all scrap metal for the war effort.

This brings me to share a memory held with my father, first shared back in 2006 in "Antique Tool Talk" #72

"In 1938, this barefoot boy was following behind his Dad as he plowed with a single team of horses and a single bottom walk behind plow. In the mid-afternoon of this hot day, he plowed up a monkey wrench. Well he stopped the team, picked up the rusty old wrench, and said "Hey Buddy, look what we got here. How about going down to the fence row and getting the water jung." When I returned Dad had taken off his shoes and socks, and was sitting with his feet in the newly plowed-and still somewhat cool soil. I sat beside him and did the same. We took a long drink of water, and then proceeding to analyze our new found treasure.

We discussed some issues as to who had lost it- How long had it been in the dirt? Who had bought it new? How proud he must have beeen of his purchase. We wondered what he paid for it? What company had made it and where?

At the time, we had no idea we were looking at the tool that played a major role in developing the industrilized world, and it would become known as the most important wrench ever made. I still cherish those special memories with my dad and wish all children could do the same."

We have this tool displayed in Area C of the Museum- Board 90, item #3. So please take a look at it when visiting the museum. Also found in Area C are a couple hundred more wrenches, if not quite as rusty, and none with the wonderful memories of that one plowed up 74 years ago.

When I look at this wrench displayed in Area C, I can't help but wonder why Dad didn't put it with the other scrap metal he turned in. But for reasons known only to him, he didn't. I can remember seeing it in his shop over the years, and brought it home with me in 1975- years after Dad had passed on. I like to think that this wrench brought back memories of our special time together on that hot summer day in 1938, and Dad would be as proud as we are to still have this historic tool displayed in the museum.

So stop on by the museum, and lets talk tools- antique tools that is!