Where do tools go after death?
In responding to one of the new members, I realized that the person I was planning to have inherit my shop full of tools, is not really interested and will probably just sell them.
I know I'm not alone in hating the idea of that happening, or leaving it to my wife and daughter to sell them for practically nothing. Then the thought occurred to me that I might give them away to a good cause, but where will they wind up then? Many schools have given up on shop classes and won't accept tools, even high quality ones. Maybe give them to a charity to sell, but then again, the shop and all those expensive tools will likely still be sold for a song and wind up sitting unused and rusting.
Then I thought, why not give them to someone on the Forum who can't afford great tools, and would make good use of them? Further, maybe put it in my will with instructions on how to execute the gift as some sort of a contest to select a worthy recipient. That person would have to rent a (large) truck and arrange to pick up the whole shop (read my tool list, it's long, and there are hundreds of small items too) within 10 days. Fly here, rent a truck, load up and drive back home.
I plan to stick around for a few more years, but the idea appeals to me. My wife is set up pretty well and would like to move elsewhere after I depart the scene, so she doesn't need the paultry amount she'd get selling them. I'd be happy knowing the tools were getting used by someone who values them.
No sure what kind of contest it should be, would have the admins and contributors select the winner. Maybe something the entrants made using limited tools? I'd like some suggestions for the selection criteria.
I think there are a lot of us older guys in this situation who might consider something like this. Any thoughts or suggestions?
The more I do, the less I accomplish.