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The ability to make one's own tools is invaluable in developing countries for a number of reasons: First, the cost of western imports put them out of reach of all but a small proportion of practising carpenters. Second, it is the aim of all developing countries to become increasingly self-sufficient. If tools and equipment can be made using available expertise and materials, especially for vocational schools and colleges, much more 'hard currency' would be available for more essential development work.Third, a broken, shop-bought tool may be difficult to repair, spare parts are often unavailable, and the cost of replacement will definitely be more than the original price, due to inflation. There is no reason why a home-made tool should not wear as well, but if it does break, it can be repaired or replaced at little cost. Fourth, a craftsman who makes his own tools is more likely to look after them and take pride in his work. Fifty years ago it was common practice for carpenters in Europe to make their own tools. It is still done today in some eastern countries, and to a lesser extent in the west.
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Book Description U.S.A.: ITDG Publishing, 1987. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. Seller Inventory # ABE-14569903445