I told my son that I’ve got too many tools and have to start giving more of them away. He’s only a couple of months old, but he didn’t like that news one bit!
(No, of course I didn’t make my son cry. But it’s how I feel when I think about giving so many tools away.)
Here’s the deal – I’ve got too many tools. Way too many personal tools that I don’t use often or at all, and way too many tool samples that are past their editorial and comparative usefulness. And yet I keep buying more tools to check out!
Many times when you see a new hand tool preview, and it’s something I cannot check out via PR channels, I buy one for the ToolGuyd workshop.
I donate tools to Habitat for Humanity when I can, but there’s only so much the local chapter can accept and use.
I’ve tried offering tools to regional Makerspaces, and while they seem enthusiastic at the idea, when it comes time to make arrangements to actually deliver the tools to them, nobody gets back to me.
Sending tools out to readers one at a time would never get done. I simply don’t have the time for such logistics.
I’m also not too eager to hold several dozen random giveaways. There are too many things that must be done to ensure fair and random winner selection.
So what I’d like to do is a run a “giftaway.”
What’s a giftaway? It’s like a giveaway, but I choose the winner subjectively. Readers who comment or send in tips stand better chances of receiving a tool gift than those who don’t. It’s not about who I like, or don’t like, but whether your name is familiar to me from your comments or emails. But there’s really no “chance” involved. That’s why this isn’t a giveaway, it’s a giftaway.
I’ve got a lot of tools that I spent good money on and don’t really want to part with, but I really need to cull my tool collection. While Ebay and Craigslist are options where I could recoup some of the expense, I would rather give away my tools to readers than deal with the hassle of selling them.
There might even be couple of quick giveaways thrown into the mix.
Tool giftaways will mostly consist of my personal tools, giveaways will mostly consist of older editorial samples.
I am also open to alternative ideas about where to send these tools. If you know of a Makerspace, non-profit organization, or tool library that could use some new tools, please let me know.
Before anyone says “there’s no such thing as too many tools,” there really is. Even with off-site storage, I have come to the point where I work around my tools more than I work with them. With my newborn son and many projects on my plate, it’s time to trim the tool fat.
I plan to bundle tools together. This is the most efficient way of doing things.
You will start seeing individual giftaway announcements later this year. This is just an advanced notice. If you’re interested in throwing your name into the hat, the best way for me to learn your name is by seeing it in comments.