About 1,000 antique tools dating as far back as Acadian times are going on sale Saturday in Port Williams, N.S.
“There are tools here from all of the trades: ice industry, shipbuilding, farming, fishing, wheelwrights,” said Kevin Wood, the organizer of the sale.
Robin Wyllie owned the tools and kept them at his East LaHave home. He was an expert in Nova Scotia folk art and collected very old tools.
He died in March at 77. Wood is an old friend. “In the 70s and 80s he was on the road the whole time: every flea market and yard sale. He had a network of friends he traded with,” he said.
Some tools are German, some Acadian and one axe was traded to Mi’kmaq people for pelts. They’re the tools that built Nova Scotia, Wood says.
Wyllie researched each piece. One turned out to be a wood planer used by a Shelburne undertaker to make coffins in the 1870s.
Some pieces went to museums and the family wants to sell the rest — ideally to Nova Scotians.
“Robin was concerned about a lot of the tools in other collections going to the States and all around the world through eBay. And he wanted his collection to stay in the province,” Wood said.
The sale runs Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the white barn at 1436 Highway 358 in Port Williams.