We invite you to take a step back into our local history through the lens of our HAND TOOLS exhibit.

Tool shops, sheds, or cribs came in all sizes and were outfitted to fill the needs of the period and individual. Some were quite simple and basic, while others would have a wide range of tools from shoe repair to blacksmithing. It was a time when do-it-yourself was a necessity because early settlers typically lived in remote areas where “running to the store” for supplies was not an option. Many times the required tool had to be created before it could be used to build and maintain the family farm.

Our Hand Tools exhibit is a view into an early 1900s tool shed, and features an extensive collection of the woodworking, cobbler, mechanical, and special purpose tools that were essential to daily life in Camas and Washougal.