A few days on Cortes Island puts me closer to the basics; wood heat, water from the well, and foraging wild mushrooms. My wife found this hand maul ca. 1000 bc? a few years ago and took this picture of it with my well used wood splitting maul ca. 1970. This leads me to thoughts of tools that stand the test of time. We can fill our own world with throw-away items or hold dear and use a few quality objects including fountain pens.