A program on an impressive collection of antique tools will be the first event offered to BHS members this year. It’s scheduled for April 23 in Higbee, where collector Dale Kirby will present members with a tour and talk featuring his assembly of antique tools.
“I have approximately 2,000 antique tools in my collection,” Kirby says, adding that they include cooperage, carpentry, blacksmith, measuring, railroad items, plus many others. Among some of the rarer items in the collection are pump log tools (for making wooden water pipe), several unusual planes, hobo art, and pit saws.
“I have always been interested in antique tools—what they are used for and how they work,” he notes. “I met the late Roger Daniels of Fayette in the 70’s and we spent countless hours together over the years talking about and looking at antique tools. He was the most knowledgeable man I have ever known about any type of tool.”
Kirby notes that his family owned A & K Cooperage in Higbee for more than 42 years, and says that is where he acquired a deep appreciation for the ancient art of cooperage in which antique hand tools are used to craft barrels.
“We are located at 9603 Highway B on the north side of Higbee,” Kirby says. “Our phone number is 660-456-7660 in case someone needs to call for further directions. We very much look forward to your visit. We will have a light lunch for you.”