8.11 – 2.12.2018
“Toys for Men” – woodwork
Tools from the collection of restoration specialist Tõnu Parmakson give a good overview of the woodworking tools used by Estonian farmers and craftsmen until the 18th–20th century. Modern woodworking tools are often just developments of traditional tools, and traditional woodworking techniques often stem from the ancient tools.
A tool has never been just a tool. It is also a status symbol and a treasure, and for some people, the “canvas” to express their artistic talent. Many of such tens or hundreds of years old tools still fulfil their original purpose, while others have become cultural history, emotional memories or modern design elements in some modernist villa, or in some cases... like toys for men to sometimes spend their free time after the day job is done, children are taken care of and the dinner is over.
The curator of the exhibition is historian and restorer Tõnu Sepp from Saaremaa Museum.