A few days ago, a very dear friend and I went off to Dana Bay to visit another lumberjock. This enigmatic and remarkable fellow calls himself Toolchap. His workshop reminds me of my dad’s shop when I was young…. and the perennial question came to mind once again, how the hell does he get his mind boggling array of tools into that small space, the best part is that he knows exactly where everything is, I bow humbly before him!!
What a wonderful trip it turned out to be. We had gone to fetch two metal parts that he had kindly made for my Chevalet project. They were beautifully made, even down to period style custom wing nuts!
Toolchap is a repository. One of knowledge, enthusiasm, cynicism, romance, and most wonderful of all, love for his passion. I learned a lot that day, not only about Stewart Spiers and Norris, Marples and Stanley, not only about spiral staircases, not only about the feeling of woodwork and its tools, but about shared values, dreams and creativity in its most honest forms.
Thank you Jan, for your hospitality and your fervent passion, for your home baked bread and permanent supply of hot tea, and thank you mostly for your infectious way of sharing.
PS..Thank you doubly for the vintage Wadkin Miter Trimmer it is already most comfortable and warm in my workshop.