Grinding and carpenter's shops

Selection of hand tools © National Trust staff

Selection of hand tools


As the edge tool business grew, Finch Bros expanded into providing carts, gates and even coffins. You'll see a large variety of edge tools made at Finch Foundry, along with a display of tools used by the Finch wheelwrights and carpenters. Feel free to handle the tools and see if you can work out their use.

  • Grinding stone at Finch Foundry, Devon © National Trust staff

    Nose to the grindstone

    This is probably your only chance to see a working water-powered grinding shop in this country.

Sayings originating from grinding shops

  • Keeping your nose to the grindstone
  • Knock on and knock off
  • Playing fast and loose
  • Fine fettle