Christmas was good to this woodworker. Under the tree I found a Lie-Nielsen carcass saw.
I love L-Ns back saws, every time I pick them up I grin like a fool. They're beautiful, but I'd like them even in the dark. The handle fits my hand so well it feels like a custom job. I'm happy to add it to my tool collection, and it will make a great complement to my L-N dovetail saw.
My daughter has a toy broom, handbrush, and dustpan. They are all nice, but I've had my eye on the little handbrush for a while. Worried that it would make it's way from the toybox to the toolbox, my wife got me my own. Toy or not, it is a well made solid beech brush with natural bristles and a rawhide hanging loop. It's small enough to maneuver through my tool tray, and after using it, regular brushes feel heavy and awkward.
The company that makes it, Gluckskafer, is dedicated to using environment-friendly materials, and they manufacture in an environmentally friendly practice under humane working conditions. They work with disabled workshops in Germany and abroad, providing employment for many people who are disadvantaged.
For the second year in a row, my Mother- and Father-in-Law got me a Lie-Nielsen bevel edge socket chisel. I've got the 1/2" and the 3/4" now, eight more years and I'll have the full set!
Like their saws, their chisels just feel right. I really like the handles, too. The hornbeam is quite a pretty, understated wood, it's chatoyance and grain remind me of maple. I'm going to have to find some to play with.
The dark horse present I got this year is Blaklader's work kilt. I was a little hesitant at first, but after I got it on, I'm sold. It's awesome. The women have been holding out on us, gents, there is a garment more comfortable than shorts. Come visit me in the shop this summer, I'm the dude in the dress. Don't laugh in my face though, it has a hammer loop. No photo's, sorry. :)
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