Shop Class: The Shipwright’s Tool Tote
The Shipwright’s Tool Tote was traditionally made by shipwrights themselves to carry the tools of their trade while they were working on wooden boats. It had to be a very versatile and portable tool tote—for a wooden boat builder, time was money so a shipwright had to be able to carry the tools he needed around the boat to accomplish his day’s work. Running back and forth to the shop just wouldn’t do.
The tote had to big enough to carry a core group of tools but not be so heavy that once loaded it could not be picked up and carried with ease. To accomplish this the shipwright would use whatever strong but lightweight wood that was at hand. The wood joinery was kept simple for ease of construction and repair if needed.