Gift guide for wannabe do-it-yourselfers

We wish you a merry tool set

Christmas morning, 1957. Two little boys crawl out of their beds and tiptoe past their parents’ bedroom. They hurry to the living room to see what Santa has brought.

Prominently displayed under the tree is a bright blue wooden box about 3 1/2 feet long, a foot wide and 16 inches high. Taped on the box is a tag that reads "To Kevin and Billy, From Santa." What could it be? Bill opens the box and finds tools — not toys, but real tools.

We’ve been around tools all of our lives and became interested in them at a young age. Grandpa was a carpenter and Dad was a plasterer. It seems as if we never knew a day when one or the other wasn’t building something.