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?
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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
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
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'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