Last weekend a small group of the German carpenters got together to prepare tools for Japan. Quite a few of the tools they are sending out are second hand so they needed cleaning, sharpening, new handles making and so on. From the photos they sent it looks as if they had an enjoyable time - in the picture on the right they are slicing their bread with a cross-cut saw. Jacob's email says that Hannes also cooked them a delicious meal of fried chicken, vegetables and potatoes followed by beer, schnaps and a bonfire! (My thanks to Melisande for the translation.)
Hannes says he now has a very impressive collection of tools all ready to go and I have asked him to send a photograph. The next stage is not so enjoyable, there is a large amount of paperwork to do before they can be shipped. A complete inventory has to be drawn up, each tool valued so the correct duties can be paid, then an inspector will visit and check everything before finally sealing the box.