I feel we’ve overlooked the hardest working tool on the job, the ever so humble nail bag. What is a nail bag? Similar to a ladies handbag, it is the keeper of all things.
Originally designed as a pouch, with a hook to hang a hammer and a pocket to hold nails, like all good bags, it quickly evolved into a hold all.
As well as nails, and a hammer, in Adam’s nail bag you will find, builders pencils, Stanley knives, his mobile phone, chewing gum, screws, an apple core, glad wrap from his lunch, a few tissues, and generally a band aid or two.
My Father is a plasterer, and along with all those items Adam carries, you will usually also find endless bits of plaster?
Nail bags have been around for thousands of years, usually made from leather, though more recently made from nylon for less expensive but hardy products.
Adam has had his nail bag since the beginning of his apprenticeship, it’s like a family heirloom, the fist thing he puts on as he arrives at work, and the last thing he takes off at the end of the day.
Here is a little tip for you ladies married to tradies, next time hubby is complaining that he can’t find something in your handbag, remind him what his nail bag looks like, often they are the same!
Have you ever worn a nail bag? Do you have a nail bag at home?