I think I must have owned a dozen or so hammers before I accepted that I was not buying them for purely functional reasons. Although I loved the aesthetic of old tools and preferred to buy them to new versions, I had only ever bought tools to use. The hammers were therefore my first tool collection. The first time I had considered a tool as a worthy ornament. The fact that they are worn with age and use is a big part of it but I also love that there are so many different shaped hammers, all with one function - to strike. The difference to the aesthetic is just dependent on what is being struck. Placing the hammers together in a collection not only emphasises their difference but also their sameness. I also think that there's strength in multiples, one hammer can be beautiful but 50 in a row is something to behold. My love of museums is also something that feeds my collections. The displaying of commonplace objects of use in museums tends to elevate their importance. They are no longer objects to be used but become objects to be viewed. The display of my collections is crucial, it's not enough to just have them, I need to display them.