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Because of the lack of published trowel and masonry tool histories, the information here is based on other sources that may be less reliable and certainly are incomplete. These include eBay and tools that I purchase myself that are the starting points for my research. I will write what I know as I learn it. If what you read here interests you, please check back often and look for revisions and corrections. Scanned catalogs are either mine or by Rose Antique Tools and used with permission, and are on Google Docs as pdf files. A few are links to other websites. Your photos and information are welcome. Please click on any picture to enlarge it. Comments are welcome, but any with links will be deleted as possible spam.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Mason Bag

American masons carry their tools in a mason bag, sized by the overall length, like 20 inches. The best mason bags are canvas with leather handles, straps, and bottom, and cheaper ones are all canvas. Originally the fabric was linen and now it's heavy cotton. Compared with a box, a bag easily holds trowels and tools of assorted sizes and shapes and allows moisture to evaporate, which a wood or metal toolbox would not do.

Companies making or selling traditional mason bags in the US include Custom LeatherCraft (CLC), Genau Gear, Heritage Leather, Klein Tools, Kraft Tool, and McGuire Nicholas. Here are 2 links:
Heritage Leather Co. Tool Bags
Klein Tools - Canvas Tool Bags

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