Yesterday I made it to the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Burlington Ontario. It was only about an hour drive from my home in western NY. It was great to meet the some of the people that work there and they were incredibly helpful. I spent about four hours there and enjoyed evey minute of it. I thought I would probably buy a new plane so I spent quite a bit of time tryiing different models. I really liked the scrub and low angle jack and almost bought the low angle jack. I also tried out the hand saws. The dovetail saws they make are so nice to use. They fit my hand so well and they were so easy to use. I tried the progressive pitch and the straight 15tpi and liked both. If I was going to get one I actually think I would go with the straight after using them. This surprised me as I always thought the progressive sounded better. So now on to my actual purchase….... I finally went with a set of bevel edge chisels. I did not think that would be what I got but the more I talked and tried things out I realized (thanks to Angie) that this is really what I am missing in my shop as I already have quite a few planes but very few chisels.
The event was wonderful and I enjoyed all of the other people I met there as well. Ed Paik had some beautiful saws, and Tom Fidgen was a very interesting gentleman as well. If any of you ever get the chance to go to one of these events they are worth your time and some travel.
-- Mike, Western New York