Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tool Event

Last week the Lie Nielsen Tool Event came to town, hosted by James Hopper, a very talented local craftsman.

Ted came up all the way from Maine, we discussed tools, the weather, and badminton.

Jeremy Tomlinson came from Vancouver to demonstrate various techniques.

Here he is with the #48 Tounge and Groove plane, a clever and facsinating tool specifically for the joint. It's everything a hand tool should be; quick, silent, and providing an excellent result. If I wasn't saving my pennies for the as yet unreleased compass plane I would've bought one.

They brought pretty much the whole range to play with, I had a lot of fun test driving tools I'd only seen online or in the catalogue. I was most impressed with their ergonomics, every one was satisfing to hold.

The event was an enjoyable time, playing with tools, talking with fellow woodworkers, and taking in the presentations. I even got in on the fun, doing a couple of quick demos on hand cut dovetails.

I'd like to thank Lie-Nielsen for coming to my small city, James for hosting the event, Jeremy and Ted for the presentation, and Don Kondra for the photos. Shavings, and friends, were made.

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