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Woodworking Tools on the Website

For most of my adult life I have had two passions- Antiques and Woodworking.  My woodworking began simply and evolved over the years to use more hand tools to build more reproduction furniture.  Learning about the classic construction methods for period furniture gave me a better understanding of what makes antique furniture so wonderful.

So for the last 40 years I have been hunting and collecting antique woodworking tools.  I use a lot of them for my woodworking and the rest I have started selling off...so I can buy more tools (or so my wife Cindy believes).  Until now I have kept the tool side of the business separate from the antiques side, especially at shows, as they don't always go well together and each speaks to a different customer.  

So, throwing caution to the wind, I have added a page to this website to feature some of the more wonderful woodworking tools we have for sale.  I was prompted to do this following a purchase at Brimfield this Spring.  I found the most wonderful and ingenious fret saw out of Maine that has all the earmarks of a Shaker shop tool.  This surely needed a bigger audience than a Sunday morning at Renninger's.  This fret saw has all the charm of a period antique- beautiful joinery, great form, a wonderful untouched surface- and deserves to be seen in that way.  If you are into those things you might want to check it out.

My tool collecting gravitated to wooden molding planes for a few reasons.  First, I find them beautiful to look at.  But their functionality was magnetic for me.  With a sharp blade and a fine piece of wood I could make those simple planes sing.  And while you have a molding plane in your hands you can almost feel the presence of a 19th Century cabinetmaker and understand his honest labor.  And the quiet of working a hand plane sure beats the scream of a 25,000 RPM modern day electric router.

 

What I hope to accomplish with this generic offering is a dialogue with traditional craftsman to give them an opportunity to find good user quality molding planes to fit their specific project needs.  With an inventory of over 150 planes there is a good chance I will have what they need.  So if you have a need, give me a call or send an e-mail.  I would love to help you find just the right plane.

I will be adding to the entire site inventory over the next few weeks.  The emphasis will be on user quality wooden planes and other woodworking tool categories from the 19th and early 20th Centuries.  The combination of history and functionality is unbeatable.  I will appreciate your comments and suggestions.    

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