Saturday, 3 December 2011


As you all know, Snaar is the Dutch word for string, and so it is only fitting that I pay tribute to this excellent if hairy product. Just think how much of the world is held together with string...

As a lad on the farm I learnt that much of British agriculture is held together with six inch nails and baling twine. Nails are much more effective than screws, they are faster and can be tapped home with a basic hammer or a Stillsons if you have no hammer.

Actually, I grew up believing that the Stillsons pipe wrench was in fact an adjustable spanner, and the eighteen inch Stillsons plus a two pound hammer were the approved tools for removing bolts.

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