It's been quite a month starting with me falling off a set of steps and injuring my shoulder, an operation needed on my sons leg, ending with the sudden passing of my father this week. This has obviously had an effect on what we have been doing here over the past few weeks but hopefully we can get back to some kind of normality soon. My Father … [Read more...] about Sad News – My Father’s Passing
Hi everyone, this is just an update of what's been going on behind the scenes at Tooltique. As we are now entering the summer we were faced with workshops and store rooms that were in need of a complete reorganisation and clean up. It got to the stage where we simply couldn't operate efficiently due to the masses of tools being piled up in every … [Read more...] about Tooltique Updates for July
I'm going to cover this subject for those who want to maintain an edge like that found on our refurbished tools. There are so many video's out there promoting a wide range of sharpening products so I thought it might be best to bring things into prospective. This will save many who read this loads of money for many years to come, without … [Read more...] about Sharpening Vintage Tools – Cost effective sharp edge
In this article we will explore the idea of using the right tool for the right job and its long term effects to the tools themselves and the consequences of using the wrong tools. We see first hand the state that some tools are allowed to get into and know first hand the work needed in bringing these tools back to life so they are capable of … [Read more...] about Using the Right Tool for the correct purpose.
Sunday is always a busy day here and all the team were in packing orders, taking photos of newly refurbished tools that will be described and listed during the coming week. Whilst this is going on, I'm usually organising the work for the week ahead and usually sharpen a couple of saws as part of my Sunday therapy. I was thinking today when I was … [Read more...] about Workaholic or is it just a passion for what we do?
I understand the desire around buying new tools but you can't negate the fact that after 30 seconds of use that same tool is now deemed as second hand and considerably less valuable than when you purchased it. In many cases if the manufacturers brand isn't desirable the value is instantly lost and is only worth its capabilities until it is disposed … [Read more...] about Why New Tools are Second Hand within 30 seconds
When should Antique tools be restored? In my experience this all depends on condition and what the intention of refurbishment is for. If you have an old tool there are two factors that need to be considered, firstly you need to identify the rarity and historical importance. Some antique tools are simply beyond the realms of use due to their … [Read more...] about Antique Tool Refurbishment
Many hobby woodworkers shy away from using hand tools and opt for powered tools for ease but I think it's worth stepping back in time a little to explore whether this genuinely beneficial. A hobby should be pleasurable and walking around with a mask due to the danger of wood dust seems to defeat the object of woodworking for pleasure. Using your … [Read more...] about Woodworking Hobby, benefits of using Old Hand Tools
Tooltique sells refurbished used tools to many crafts people in Spain and the couriers we use for shipping them are pretty good too. The old tools we sell to Spanish people and British expats are good quality old tools which possess good old high carbon steel made by old school renowned makers that are mostly from the UK. The main difference … [Read more...] about Spain – Vintage Old Used Tools
Tooltique sells refurbished used tools to many crafts people in Sweden and the couriers we use for shipping them are pretty good too. The old tools we sell to Swedish people are good quality old tools which possess good old high carbon steel made by old school renowned makers that are mostly from the UK. The main difference between the vintage … [Read more...] about Sweden – Vintage Old Used Tools