Beth Smith

The Great Tool Bag Search

 Deb Robson‘s video has had a huge effect on me and when I grow up I want to be just like her.

At the beginning of the video she shows us her tool kit and it was genius.  I began right away to search for a container that would work for me and my spinning tools.

This was the first one I bought.  It came from Home Depot and was right about $20. It is 18 inches long and about 8 inches wide inside.  It kinda fit all the stuff but the handle was rigid and didn’t swivel so it felt like it was in the way when I was trying to get the cards and combs out.  It also required that alot of the items were stacked on top of each other and so harder to get at when needed.

Another thing that wasn’t great was there was no shoulder strap and I carry lots of things and the shoulder strap would have been really handy.

I had it for about a week and moved things around and rearranged them a few times but it wasn’t quite right for me.

 So I stopped at Lowe’s today and there were two bags that I thought would work so I brought them both home.

The one above I thought would be great because of no handle in the way and there was a shoulder strap. And it was only $24.  Those wide pockets on the front are also on the other side and I thought I could put my hand cards in there and the combs on the inside. It’s about 18 inches long and the inside is about 4 inches wide.

It was not to be.  The hand cards kind of fit but I could place them in a way that I felt comfortable that the teeth wouldn’t be ruined and the width of the center portion was not wide enough for my widest set of hand combs.

 This is the one that I have decided to keep.  It’s about 18 inches wide, has two separate zippered inside sections and 6 great pockets on the outside front which can hold oil, hand cream and other tidbits.  Also a shoulder strap!

 It came with 3 zippered pouches that I can use for smaller items.  The largest one is already filled with the extra whorls for my Matchless.  The other two will have extra drive bands and small bits I might need for quick wheel repairs.

Here is one pocket with 3 sets of hand combs and 2 sample niddies with room to spare.

 This side has 2 sets of hand cards, my flick and some smaller dog grooming tools for tiny samples.

(Blurry Photo)This side with 6 more pockets has scissors, a knitting needle gauge and a pair of pliers so I could see if I could fit a few general tools I might need to fix any problems with my wheel or, if I’m teaching, students’ wheels.
Of course this bag was the most expensive one.  $45.  But I’m very happy with it and know it will serve me well for years.  I don’t expect to change these as often as I change my project bags and sometimes I have paid way too much for those! so I can’t feel too bad about the price, right?

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