Thank you for the suggestions; I will definitely look up those books, Greg. And thinking about what I intend to actually build with them is also a very
good idea and I hadn't thought of that, so thank you Bill. The space my wood shop is slated to go into is probably I don't know 20 by 25 foot square or so? So I should have a good bit of storage space for things. Also I know that some of the stuff I'll have to actually use
to figure out if I want to keep it, like which whatever fits my hand most comfortably, that kind of thing.
I'll work on getting some pictures to show.
Hmmm. The thing, though, is that we really are talking an awful
lot of tools. And the wood tools are only one
small piece of the whole thing—there are also plenty of power tools, tools for working on cars (specifically old Volkswagens, since that's what my father did), and other random tools; then there are the VW parts like engines, transmissions, hoods, fenders, generators, clutch plates, brake drums, &c &c &c as well as whole (well, they used to be whole) cars; and there are piles of wood, old antique doors, windows, mantelpieces, I mean the list is huge.
I guess what I'm saying is I kind of can't afford to get too precious about things. So while looking all of them up and researching what they are and what kind of value they might have with an eye to selling would normally sound like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, in this case there's just so much stuff.
I could do the same with all the VW parts, the salvaged architectural stuff, and I intend to do that with some of it, yes, but if I do that with everything
I will never get this place clean. The goal I've set is to try to get the property clean within the next five years. As far as I can see that's a pretty rushed timetable, too.
I have a blog about cleaning the place up if anyone wants to see the scale I'm talking about (and we've already spent a few years cleaning, since my father went into a nursing home):
(I hope that link is okay; it's not an ad.)
And yes, hoarding is definitely a mental illness, in my father's case rather a severe one. I would not be able to clean at all, even a little, if he were still here, honestly, because he was just impossible.