The ‘Studley Tool Chest’ is a legend among woodworkers. We pass around the pictures from time to time, and stand in awe by the collection of fine tools it contains, let alone the craftsmanship it took to store all tools in that confined space.
This is just one of those items in which the border between arts and crafts disappears. An amazing testimony of the care a craftsman gave his tools. Last year Lost Art Press published a book about this fine piece and Studley’s workbench.
But yesterday I saw this picture of another tool chest that reminds somewhat of the Studley…
It was made in the early 20th century. Unfortunately the seller gives no background of where and by whom it was made. Only a list of the tools (210 first-class pieces by Stanley, Disston, Stormont and Sorby Mortise) and the price: $ 150,000 (!)