I recieved the latest Lee Valley catalog/supplemental today in the mail. I’m afraid it may just be the harbinger of doom.
This supplemental was expected just for the new planes and dovetail saw.(opinions on those are not what i want to discuss)
the scary part of is was the 25% of this digest is white pages of price changes for their regular catalog.
I know this is one of many signs of the times, and prices are adjusting everywhere, but i’m afraid this is beginning of the end of another golden age of toolmaking.
the last few years have seen quality hand tool makers growing all over the world. not just lee valley, but Lie-Nielsen, bridge city, ray and ashley iles, blue spruce, titemark, and many others.
I personally have taken the opportunity to replace most of my older used tools, retiring many tools that deserved it. the reason i had used tools, is that no was making quality new ones.
my worry is that those days will come again soon.
will the economy push us all to accept sub standard furniture and tools again? will these custom toolmakers weather the storm, or should i buy the last of the remaining tools i would like to replace now before they close their doors?
Does anyone else share this concern or am i the only one?
-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.