Hi, my name is John. I’m 37 and live in Nelson, New Zealand. I own a busy pharmacy (www.hardystreetpharmacy.co.nz) and have three children so unfortunately don’t get much time woodworking. When I do get some time I want to build a bench. As I’ve discovered, its not easy without one!!
Most of my previous woodworking was functional – renovating two houses and basic MDF joinery. When we sold our last house I got rid of a lot of my power tools (which were well used).
I have a real interest in classic tool collecting as well (mainly planes I’m afraid). My favourites are British infills and American Stanleys. I have some old Stanley’s that need a bit of TLC, a record T5 that needs a side handle, a dusty old Spiers smoother that needs some minor repairs, a Reord 073 that has some seized adjusting screws and a pitted blade and, an early infill (that I suspect is a Norris) that has had the woodwork replaced by a previous owner but needs replacing again (the lie angle is too low and doesn’t open the throat enough).
New Zealand is a great source of tools. We seem to have a good mix of English & American tools and prices are pretty reasonable.
Our timbers are quite different though. We get a little bit of the traditional European and American stuff here but mainly it is native to New Zealand – Rimu, Kauri, Beech (Silver, Red, Black), Matai, Kahikatea, Macrocarpa. I am hoping to get hold of some Black Maire to replace some plane parts. Its a great timber – very dense and cuts well.