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Liberty Tool Co.

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without - New England Proverb

Old tools, like old books, have a personality, an inner glow. Worn wooden handles and nicked edges don’t detract from the utility so much as add a warm history. A well used tool just seems to fit better in your hand. New England is a great place to find old tools, as most every roadside antique shops and junk stores tends to have a back room devoted to old tools. However none of these places can compare with Liberty Tool, on 57 Main Street, Liberty, Maine.

In this beautiful video made by Etsy - and produced by friend of the Atlas Zach Pontz - we meet H.G. “Skip” Brack who salvages tools from all over New England and resells them at affordable prices, in an effort to support his local economy and craftsmen.

There’s No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool from Etsy on Vimeo.

(Editor’s Note: This shop is only a short drive from my in-laws house where I have been dozens of times, yet I had never heard of it till now. Further proof that around every corner, in your own city, town, backyard, lay a thousand wonders waiting to be discovered.- Dylan)