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
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
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
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
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