Friday, September 17, 2010

New Stuff at WIA

Woodworking In America is less that two weeks away. If you want to attend a woodworking show this season, don't miss this one. There is no other event in the country where you can find all the major hand tool makers under one roof. Make no mistake, this is THE hand tool event of the year.

Everyone wants to see new tools at this show, and toolmakers want to show their new wares. We're no different.

We'll be showing our prototype vises that use non-chrome-plated cast iron wheels. These look and feel great. And that will only improve with age and use. Think "patina". Look for these in the weeks following WIA.

We're also working on a new variation of our Skraper. This one will have a longer handle, and a narrow blade for getting into tight, deep spaces. If you've ever built a bench with square dog holes and needed to clean the glue out, you'll fall to your knees and weep when you get one of these in your hands. Sorry, no sneak peeks on this one. And sorry, we won't have one at WIA. But if you ask about it, we'll be glad to brag it up!

Czeck Edge Tools

We're sharing a large booth space with two other toolmakers that we're happy to call friends.

Bob Zajicek runs Czeck Edge Hand Tool. Not listed on his website but available at the conference will be the Czeck Edge chisels. These are small chisels designed for detail work such as chopping waste from drawer dovetails and inlay mortises. They are the only finely-crafted chisels available right now in their size. Make sure you Czeck them out. (sorry, Bob).

Right alongside Benchcrafted will again be Brese Plane. Ron has been working steady in his shop this summer getting ready for WIA. We're big fans of Ron's work, and he's been teasing us with his new offerings. Just last night the tease took the form of a picture in our inbox. Looks like a smoothing-size plane from his Precision Stainless Steel line. Except for that extra lever cap. Hmmm....

See you in Cincinnati.

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