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Blog entry by KnifeL posted 07-25-2012 05:38 PM 1718 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Valley just informed me that Adjustable clamp company is outsourcing (at least) the Jorgensen wooden hand screws. I thought you all had the right to know as soon as I did. Please join me in sending them a complaint.


-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 05:52 PM

I got a good deal on 4 Jorgensen hand screws…in 1979. I’ve used them perhaps twice. Good to know they might actually be worth money someday.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 07-25-2012 05:59 PM

There is nothing inherently wrong with out-sourcing. The bad part is that it often leads to a decline in quality – not always, but often. Give them a chance and then complain if the quality drops.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 07-25-2012 06:04 PM

thank you for letting us know. the day starts to look a little bit better now…

now, please if you don’t mind – explain to me what should I be complaining about? (need to detail this in the complaint I’m writing right now)

Thank you,
and enjoy the flight

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-25-2012 06:58 PM

Are they outsourcing to an American company or will they jump on the made in china bandwagon?

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 07:23 PM

any job that was done by an American worker that is now being done in another country is a loss for all of us Americans in so many ways. It is time for all of us to think up new ways to compete with the rest of the world – And beat them at the game of life.
I know we have the smarts to do it, but can we put our iphones down long enough, to actually do it?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 02:08 AM

Poopiekat- Yes, you’re more then welcome to sell your fine condition jorgensens to a collector, and if you don’t like them I suggest you do. However I personally would rather have one handscrew then two c-clamps (or g-cramps depending on what side of the lake you’re on…)

Kookaburra- I personally dislike the decline in quality, but as a craftsman it disheartens me that the companies that have mass produced an 100 year old US patent they wrote are leaving the country. I feel like there is no grounds for my art in this country as the companies who supply for it no longer wish to retain jobs for our citizens.

Purplev- I am unsure if you want me to explain the situation, or if you are glad to see the change…?

Greg The Box Sculptor- I had emailed Adjustable Clamp Company shortly before I put this note up. About an hour later the CEO called me… why I have no idea, but he did. He claimed that although they will be producing their Jorgensen wooden handscrews in China, they still are producing them in Illinois with US supplied stock and work. Although to me that just sounds like it’s a process that will result in them not being made here at all.

Exelectrician- Cheers, I agree. But grab one of those pocket notebooks and start brainstorming, because we’re going to have to figure it out quick.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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