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BigRedKnothead

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02-07-2016 10:54 PM

This thread is dedicated to hand tool renaissance we are experiencing in our country. North American hand tool makers are thriving again, and God Bless ‘em!

Tools posted and discussed herein shall be:
- Made in North America. Yes, that includes Canadian (Veritas etc)
- Made in the past 30 years or so
- Woodworking related

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I’m passionate about the topic because dad was a foundry worker/toolmaker in the 70’s. Back then, wrenches and pliers were the only tools he had the opportunity to make. Hand planes, chisels, and the like were all sent overseas after WWII.

So, I applaud folks like Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Leonard Lee, Glen Drake, and countless other small-time tool makers for there efforts in bringing tool making back home. Their labor, and their tools, are not cheap. That’s just the state of manufacturing in our country. I used to scoff and the prices too. However, when I saved and sold commissions to afford their fine tools, I found they were oh so worth it.

So bring it on. Bust out your Gramercy, Starretts, Lie-Nielsons and so forth. Ask questions or just post pics for us to drool on.

The only rule is: Be nice, or be gone.

The North American Toolmakers we heart:
https://www.lie-nielsen.com/
http://www.veritastools.com
http://www.bluesprucetoolworks.com/
http://www.rmsaws.com/
http://www.glen-drake.com/
https://barrtools.com/
https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/CGT
http://www.knewconcepts.com/
http://www.sterlingtoolworks.com/
http://blackbearforge.com/
http://www.barrtools.com/
http://www.jwildingplanemaker.com/
http://www.bridgecitytools.com/
http://www.blackburntools.com/
http://www.bontzsawworks.net/
http://floriptoolworks.com/
http://www.vaughanmfg.com/
http://www.daedtoolworks.com/
http://sauerandsteiner.blogspot.com/
http://scottmeekwoodworks.com/
http://calebjameschairmaker.com/
http://www.walkemooretools.com/
http://www.breseplane.com/
http://www.andersonplanes.com/
http://www.hamiltontools.com/
http://counciltool.com/

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer


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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 10:55 PM

And the making of the Lie Nielsen is such a fitting first post. I can watch this video over and over.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 10:58 PM

WhoopWhoop. Finally a place to call home.

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 11:12 PM

Oh men this is something I’m going to be watching and participate a lot,.

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 11:42 PM

Just bought that Knew Concepts saw after a long time thinking – this has got to be not worth the money.
My friends – it is worth the money.

I’ve read reviews from people who say it only does the same thing a $10 coping saw does.
My friends – it does, but it does it better. I’ve gone through many coping saws and hated every single one of them. I almost didn’t get the KC saw because of this experience, but I had a few amazon gift certificates sitting around and said – what the heck. Very happy with the purchase.

I’m with you Red and give a standing ovation for the quality toolmakers today. I love the old stuff, and have more of it, but the new stuff can be just as good or better.

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#5 posted 02-07-2016 11:43 PM

Looking forward to this thread, Red. Old or new, nobody does it better than America. Thanks for including one of my saws in the intro pic.

Just a suggestion…how about starting a list of links to modern toolmakers in the OP.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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BigRedKnothead

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#6 posted 02-07-2016 11:48 PM

^Good Idea Bob. Give ‘em some love.

Travis, you can see my KC in the OP. Although, mine is heavily modified;-)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 02-07-2016 11:55 PM

Hey August! Good to see you lurking bud.

My (other) new baby. The Summerfield special. And a free starrettindicator set.

Edit: red, that a veritas spokeshave?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 02-07-2016 11:59 PM

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#9 posted 02-08-2016 12:09 AM

Wids, your gonna need to crop that eggbeater out. ;)

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 02-08-2016 12:16 AM

Ha! I didn’t even see it!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 02-08-2016 12:21 AM

I bought it and never checked to see if it had jaws…I t doesn’t , so that’s where it lives…

With all due respect to Bob’s beautifull saws….

I don’t use glenn Drake’s saw that much , but i think his blade design and sharpening make his saws smooth and as quick as any saw i’ve used… they have no teeth on the front and rear 1 1/2” +-... hard to explain but super smooth…

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#12 posted 02-08-2016 12:44 AM

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#13 posted 02-08-2016 01:00 AM

It would be nice to know who are the LJ hand-tool makers are that sell their wears. Just so that I can buy/trade with them. So far I have from TerryR a very nice marking knife and dovetail knife. Need to buy a saw from Bob, and also from Erik and an infill from DonW and ….. ?

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#14 posted 02-08-2016 01:47 AM

Oh man, you even got August to show up for this one!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#15 posted 02-08-2016 02:29 AM

Red, do you have a definition of “morden” so we’re all on the same page? Currently manufacturing?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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