Robert Richter

Posted: 25.01.2017

When I was about 12 years old I learned a valuable lesson from my Dad. It was a very sunny day and my Dad was doing some woodworking in the garden, he was making hardwood steps for our new staircase. I really wanted to do some woodwork myself, so I found a nice piece of firewood, a round piece still a bit wet. It still had some branches on it. I decided to try and carve a boat, or something like that. I started with a small pocket knife which took I then found my first toolkit but soon discovered this set also wasn't up for the task. Things needed to go faster. So, I then decided it was ok for me to borrow my Dad's wood chisel. I guess it was about an inch wide, a straight Bahco chisel. My Dad was upstairs measuring and fitting the steps so he didn't see what I was abusing his tools for. I placed the chisel on the log and I guess I tried to split the wood, it came along nicely. I found a nice big steel hammer and hammered it in.

Further and further until it hit this piece of branch embedded in the log. Ping...the chisel broke in half. At that point my Dad came down and saw what I’d done, I was in trouble! Not only did I break his favourite chisel, he couldn't finish his job. So, I had to go and buy a new Bahco chisel. Back then it cost me a lot of my savings to replace it. But that was the best lesson, to use the tools for what they are made for. Since then I always buy the quality tools from Bahco. Nowadays I do a lot of installing of audiovisual equipment. And my tool case has many Bahco tools in it. Now I am like my father when coworkers borrow my stuff and try to use it in a wrong way, I explain to them how to use the tools properly. And tell them a chisel is not an axe. 

(Image credits: wood, tools, father and son)