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Hand tool enthusiast James Wright (Wood By Wright on YouTube) has put together a great little contest called Tool Make 2017. I love this idea – document the process of building a hand tool, give it away to someone who’s getting started in hand tool woodworking, and become eligible to win one of these great prizes:
- Blackburn Tools 36″ Roubo frame saw kit
- Set of Two Cherries carving tools
- HNT Gordon & Co 3/4″ shoulder plane
- Katz-Moses dovetail guide
- Wood By Wright will be giving away a hand router
Everybody wins – you as a maker build your skills (and could win a great prize), the hand tool making community learns more about making tools, and new hand tool workers get some encouragement and real support.
Better hurry, though – this contest is over at the end of June. Further details can be found in this YouTube video from Wood by Wright.
The last several months have been taxing on both a personal and business level; the death of my brother, an unexpected surge in orders, developing a saw sharpening class for Lie-Nielsen, and outfitting myself for upcoming woodworking shows all met in one great confluence.
Over the last several years, I’ve tried my best to turn most orders around in a week or so. The events of the last few months have stretched that turnaround time to an uncomfortable level. Now, with Handworks done, and the summer looking relatively calm, I look forward to tackling the backlog and reducing turnaround time once again (I hate running behind just as much as my customers!).
I’ll also be working to catch up on emails. If you haven’t heard from me in the next week or so, feel free to send another one. I try my best to respond to everyone, but despite spending an hour or two each day answering them, some still slip through.
Finally, I have some great news for my European customers: Dieter Schmid Fine Tools is now carrying my Roubo frame saw kits. Shipping, import fees, and VAT on these saws has always been a sticking point, so this partnership should work well for everyone. Kits are available in all three sizes (2×32, 3×36, and 4×48); all come with sharpened blades. As always, plans and instructions/tips for use are available on my website and free for all to use.