I was speaking with another tool nut and good friend Barney the other night and we stumbled onto the subject of patternmakers chisels and particularly the paring gouges that seem to be a bit of a slow selling type hence the comparably low price these fetch compared with other types of chisels. These tools were meant to be pushed by hand and never … [Read more...] about Are Woodcarvers missing a great tool opportunity?
I've got to say for all the bluster UK politicians and the bureaucrats of the EU have made over the past 4 years over Brexit they really screwed things up with aplomb. It takes years to build public confidence in international trade and a few weeks to to destroy it, especially with all with their haste to beat the deadline of 1st January. I'm not … [Read more...] about EU Free Trade Deal with UK is Nothing less than Diabolical
Due to the UK in lockdown. We wanted to reach out to our customers and hope that you are all keeping safe and well. For those who know us, as a family run business. You can rest assured that we have been following all the strict guidelines during this pandemic and have thus far stayed clear of any infections at Tooltique. Living and working … [Read more...] about November News Update
I've written a lot about the wasteful society and throw away age over years and as predicted the devious nature of modern manufacturing is slowly but surely being exposed. In recent papers we are seeing evidence of sweatshop labour being used on our own shore where people are expected to work thought this pandemic is close confinement and paid what … [Read more...] about Fast Fashion, Cheap New Tools being exposed
Our plane stock levels in the website are currently low because they are simply selling faster than we can refurbish them at present, we do have good stocks but not enough hours in the week to keep up with demand. It's important to us that standards are maintained and every plane has the correct attention needed to ensure it is suitable for fine … [Read more...] about Plain Crazy for Vintage Planes
There are many craftsmen and hobbyist's who don't really get what we do here, probably down to lack of research into how the used tool market has changed or because of lack of experience of relatively new woodworkers. Whilst we appreciate there are many online trying to explain how to maintain tools, it's highly recognisable how limited and often … [Read more...] about It’s not just the vintage tool that you are buying.
A tool that is often overlooked by woodworkers is the Stanley USA No: 94 or 95 butt gauge. Here are a series of of old literature and diagrams that will help with the workings and uses of this rather handy tool. These are made from solid cast steel and usually nickel plated although this is common to be worn. … [Read more...] about The Vintage Stanley No: 95 Butt Gauge
We want to make clear the steps that have been taken for the past 3 weeks in preparation for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and why we will continue trading and are open for business, working in a safe considerate manner. As a small family business we do have considerable control over our environment and we are not open to the public. We have enough … [Read more...] about We Are Open For Business – COVID-19 Important Steps Taken
Those who already have hobbies will undoubtedly have more to keep their minds occupied and bodies active through what looks to be a torrid time ahead with the COVID-19 outbreak. I know that we are grateful to have a large workshop and plenty to do during this time. After the initial preparations are made, there are going to be a considerable … [Read more...] about Self Isolation And How Hobbies Can Help
So what's going to happen when the world has a shortage of disposable hard point saws from China? Will many woodworkers in the UK start stockpiling and compound the effect of the shortages like people are doing with toilet rolls and hand sanitiser? I wonder if anyone then using these disposable throw away saws will inevitably wish they didn't have … [Read more...] about China Crisis – Shortage of hard point saws