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Cornelius

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02-05-2017 12:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: utah second hand tool

Dear woodworkers from Utah,

Last time I did a little tour in the US (few years ago in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana) I stopped in almost every “thrift store” and “antiques” along my way, hoping to find a good old rusty hand tool.

I did not find anything and came back quite frustrated. It’s frustrating because in Europe in almost every country I go, I find something worth buying, so I guess I was either unlucky or I don’t look in the right direction in the US.

I am now planning to come back in this country in September and will be 2 days in Salt Lake City.

Could you recommend at least one place selling second-hand hand tools?
I am particularly interested in tools which are scarce in Europe, i.e. Metal NON bench planes, specific US brands such as Ohio, Orange, Miller Falls etc.

This is just for my own use.

I would be happy to bump into a metal scrub plane or a Stanley 95 for example…but oh well, anything would do, I’ll be on holidays so…I come to walk a bit in Yellowstone, but I’ll have space in my rucksack on the way back.

Many thanks for your help!
P.S: if this thread is posted in the wrong forum, I apologize. If you are an admin, please feel free to move it to another section.

-- Black and White Pictures Portfolio: http://www.axelvonb.com


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UncannyValleyWoods

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#1 posted 02-05-2017 02:21 AM

Dear Cornelius,

Utah is not a real place. Unlike Delaware, which is in a permanent state of quantum flux and only exists when someone from outside of Delaware is there to observe it, Utah only exists in the multi-temporal fever dream of a young missionary who said yes to a particular flavor of cactus tea.

It’s true, it’s on the maps, but it’s really only there as a matter of efficiency. In reality, whenever we need things like Mitt Romney or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a very elaborate incantation ritual involving animal sacrifice must be performed in order to bring physical and corporeal life through the ether and into our basic four dimensional reality.

I’m sure you’ve “met” people from Utah, but trust me, these are actors, paid by the Vatican to perpetuate the myth of Utah as a sort of anti-propaganda in favor of Roman Catholic hegemony.

So take my word for it…where ever that plane is going to take you, it most certainly will not be “Utah”. No sir. In fact, you’d have better luck getting to “Utah” if you just rolled out into the pastures and found yourself about eight grams of liberty caps.

There is no hope of quality tools in Utah, only the pain and existential suffering of having fallen out of the standard, cosmic framework and the frustration of having to learn an entirely new kind of physics that would then govern your sentient reality.

Hope this helps!
P.S: You totally posted this in the right forum, viva la resistance.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 02-05-2017 02:50 AM

Louisane sucks for tools. I wish I could’ve warned you not to get your hopes up.

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

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UncannyValleyWoods

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#3 posted 02-05-2017 03:56 AM



Louisane sucks for tools. I wish I could ve warned you not to get your hopes up.

- TheFridge

Mississippi and Alabama are no better.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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Cornelius

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#4 posted 08-31-2017 08:22 PM

Dear all,

Many thanks for your input.
In the last few months, preparing my trip I did not find much adresses so I will just try my luck, keeping my hopes a bit low.

Thanks UncannyValleyWoods for your long post, it made me smile even if I don’t have the necessary culture to grab all its subtlety.

I don’t know how people of Utah are, but I sure love Moab and surroundings from 2 past trips there.

Anyway I’ll just pass SLC to go and discover Teton and Yellowstone, if I find a good old rusty tool en route, that will be a nice addition to a good holidays.

Thanks again everybody !

-- Black and White Pictures Portfolio: http://www.axelvonb.com

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ColonelTravis

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#5 posted 08-31-2017 11:01 PM

East coast U.S., especially Northeastern US, is full of old tools. The farther West you go in America, the harder it gets to find them because the West was settled later and by the time populations and technology grew, the old hand tools weren’t needed as much.

If I lived east instead of Texas I could have supplied my entire tool needs in a couple weekends vs. 2-3 years.

But I wish you luck and hope you have a great trip otherwise. Was in Moab and most of Southern Utah last fall, incredible part of America.

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Cornelius

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#6 posted 09-12-2017 07:00 AM

Many thanks for that “down to earth” and interesting explanation ColonelTravis.

As a matter of fact, even if my family and I were disapointed by the Yellowstone park, we love what we saw of Montana and Wyoming. I finally bumped in some sort of hidden gem in Montana, as an Antique dealer’s cellar entirely dedicated to Stanley. I haven’t seen so many Bedrocks in my life. I was standing, “plastic card in hand”, ready to burn few month of salary, but while I would love to have a 605 to complete the shelf, this antiques shop was missing the #95 and others I am trully looking for. But i still loved this place and my wife and son were trully bored waiting for me staring at old tools priced like on Ebay.

Anyway from tomorrow I am 1,5 days in SLC, hopeless for old tools, but I kept your avice safe and will be planning a first trip on the east coast one day (I forsee loads of work as the family found out they much prefer Canadian mountains to the US ones…and if I remember well my geography classes, north east US is lacking a bit on this matter ((we are originally from next to the Alps)).

Anyway, thanks a lot for your interesting and historically valid point of view, it helps to understand my unsuccess.

-- Black and White Pictures Portfolio: http://www.axelvonb.com

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tshiker

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 04:58 PM

“even if my family and I were disapointed by the Yellowstone park” How on Earth is that even possible? I would love to know what you expected to see! Jackalope perhaps?

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Cornelius

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#8 posted 09-15-2017 10:42 PM

Thank you, I did not know what a jackalope was! I really enjoyed this trip in Wyoming and Montana.

Finally going to the airport I bumped into a #5 and #7c for cheap, even if I already had these that was last minute “souvenirs” to bring back.

-- Black and White Pictures Portfolio: http://www.axelvonb.com

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 09-16-2017 02:16 AM

If you want tools, visit the northeast. They are loaded up there.

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

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HTown

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#10 posted 09-16-2017 02:22 AM

There is a little town outside of Kansas City where I found a dealer with a variety of antique Stanley’s. I picked up a 1920 or so #7. Nice solid collector quality that I quickly put to use. He was telling me he had many more back at the house that his dad started buying up when power tools hit the scene. I found him through Craigslist.
As for Texas, I second a lack of options, especially at antique dealers and thrift shops.

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