Tom_Helmer 100000VYY2 Visits (1976)
As I assembled the tools for this trip to Malawi, I had to keep a couple things in mind - will it be useful after we leave, will I have enough time to show them the safe way to use the tool. The useful life of the tool is important - power tools work only if there is power, tools with disposal parts need to have the parts replaced. I wrote about my grandfather's brace & bit and how it was the perfect tool for this mission - no cord, no batteries, and it can bore through trees using only muscle. Another 'tool' I am bringing with me is construction string. You can do so much with string, plumb a wall, set a level line, make a straight line, set a grade. All this without power or batteries. This is a very appropriate tool for this trip. The second part is safe use. I met a colleague yesterday who had a bandage on his hand. I ask what happened and he described using a drill with a bad bit, trying to get that last hole bored. The drill had other plans and jumped on his hand. 6 or so stitches later - he finished the job. Safe is important with all tools - hand powered (have you ever mashed your finger with a hammer?) or power tools.
Well, my ride to the airport to start the 56 hour journey to Malawi begins now. More to come...