Hi guys! I haven't posted much lately, it's been a crazy few days, so I figured I'd fill everyone in on the latest in my shop..... I've obviously been busy making planes, I thought most people had or found other things to do that didn't involve being in the shop too much in the Summer. I am clearly wrong. This is a busy time for me because my son is out of school and between his sports and my other work I have a full plate. I thought that I might get to catch my breath from the Winter/Fall, no chance. Business has stayed steady and I am in the shop just as much. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad! I can honestly say that I enjoy every minute that I'm in here, but it's getting crazy!
I have been doing more local business than ever and it's so cool to find people right down the road(not literally, but close) who share the same interests as me. I had a gentleman named Dave call me a few weeks ago. He had seen my site and was interested in a few planes. After a long conversation it turns out that we know a lot of the same people. So he placed his orders and I told him I would call as soon as they were done. The day I called to let him know they were done, we started talking about his "collection(s)" of tools. He told me about some really cool things that one most likely will never even see, much less own. I had to meet another local guy who buys saws from me, who happened to be relatively close to Dave, so I offered to deliver his planes when I dropped off the saws. I had no idea what I was in for; Dave didn't just have most of the tools from the 1930's Stanley Catalogs, he had an exceptional English tool chest that was filled with some of the best, rare, and exotic English tools. 10" Spiers Improved Mitre Plane? Yep. The Norris Bench Plane line-up? Sure. Every Preston edge tool along with marking and measuring tools? Why not. But it didn't stop there. He had TONS of Bridge City Tools, still in the boxes, Record Planes(a lot in boxes), the nicest Rosewood Plough Plane collection I have ever seen, and it kept going and going. I was numb by the time I left. I took a ton of pictures and as soon as I OK it with Dave, I will post them. Please keep in mind that none are for sale, I tried, so please don't ask. It's funny, what we think we have in our own "collections" feels like we have a top-notch kit, then you see something like this. I have lots of nice tools and I am fortunate to own every one. But I seriously felt like selling everything after I saw Dave's Shop.
Finally, if you keep in touch with me personally, you know that I am about to launch 2 new planes, an "Improved Style" Mitre and a Thumb Plane. Both will be available complete or as kits. I am only getting a few hours a week to work on them, but I should be able to show them off by this weekend, so be sure to check it out.
Oh and one last thing! I am starting to thin out my saw collection, so if you're looking for users, collectors, and the super-rare stuff, keep checking back. I will most likely make a new page that contains just collectors and things.