You're welcome. I'm glad I could help. I made that one a bit particular looking back on it now... it wasn't ever really intended to throw players for that much of a loop, just maybe a little bit of a detour was all I was imagining, so I'm sorry for the confusion there. You're not the first to have been tripped up by that particular request so, I think in hindsight it was perhaps a bit too strict or particular in how I designed that one.
I'm not sure if folks noticed, but one other fun fact related to this particular request is you can examine the one pickaxe Smith does have hanging on the wall in the workshop, and it mentions it is in need of repair. Since only a small handful of objects in the game allow you to examine or interact with them in such a way, I figured most players would not even think to try to check it, but for those who did notice there was one hanging on the wall of the workshop and thought "Why can't I just use this one over here?" I figured it would be a good idea to include something alluding to its poor state prior to repairs.
At one point in time I had envisioned for the game adding a lot of little elements like this for players who like to walk around and examine everything. I tend to enjoy it when games do this, as it allows you to draw out additional details through the writing that you may not be able to show very well just with imagery necessarily. When it came time to start writing hundreds of unique descriptions about pots and pans on the counter, the plate on the kitchen table, that one chair with the squeaky leg, and that random bucket of laundry in the corner, in other words stuff players might not ever even have need or reason to interact with, I ended up deciding not to go forward with that idea, even though I still like it.
It would have taken literal months to write unique descriptions for all of the things you could see in every area of the game across the game's cast (Darling might think "Bennie's kitchen utensils lay atop the counter. They seem well worn." but Bennie examining them would have to say something else "My old worn out kitchen supplies. They were the best I could get on such short notice." instead etc.) and it's really just for something that was not that integral to the overall experience.
It would have been nice though. Maybe in some future game.