Historical Tool Information
Custom Services and Finished Goods
Forums and Websites
- Disstonian Institute: (Erik von Sneidern) Disston Saws.
- Bob Kaune Antiques and Used Tools: Stanley Planes.
- Evenfall Studios Woodworks Library: (Rob Hanson) Public domain books.
- Sydnas Sloot: (Sandy Moss) Bit Braces
- The Superior Works: (Patrick Leach) Stanley planes, including the encyclopedic Patrick's Blood and Gore.
- Toolemera Press: (Gary Roberts) Free historical books, reprints for sale, and blog.
- Vintage Saws: (Pete Taran) Hand Saws, including instructions for cleaning, setting, and filing.
I own tools from these companies:
- Glen-Drake Toolworks: (Kevin Glen-Drake) Layout tools and specialty hammers.
- Tools For Working Wood/Gramercy Tools: (Joel Moskowitz) Saws and holdfasts.
- Lee Valley/Veritas: Planes and other items under the Veritas brand.
- Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Planes, chisels, saws, and instructional videos. I have to admit to being extremely partial to them. These are premium tools: excellent design, materials, and workmanship. A suitable benchmark against which to measure your other tools. While expensive, a beginning woodworker wouldn't go wrong by pulling out the credit card and ordering everything needed from them.
- Bad Axe Toolworks: (Mark Harrell) Primarily hand saws.
- Bridge City Tools: (John Economaki) Planes and layout tools.
- Clark and Williams: (Bill Clark, Larry Williams, and Don McConnell) Wooden hand planes.
- Philly Planes: (Phil Edwards) Wooden hand planes.
I've bought tools from these dealers:
- Brass City Records and Old Tools
- Jim Bode Tools (Jim and Trish Bode)
- Patented Antiques (Larry and Carole Meeker)
- The Superior Works (Patrick Leach)
- Garrett Wade
- Highland Woodworking
- Lee Valley/Veritas
- Shelter Tools/Wood Butcher Tools
- Tools For Working Wood
Hand Tool Instruction page.
The following schools offer specialized woodworking instruction.
I've taken classes at these schools:
- The Breed School: (Allan Breed, South Berwick, ME) Historic reproduction fine furniture and carving.
- Acanthus Workshop: (Chuck Bender, Pottstown, PA) Furniture-making, carving, and general woodworking skills.
- Center for Furniture Craftsmanship: (Peter Korn, Rockport, ME) Furniture-making and general woodworking skills.
- Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking: (Bob Van Dyke, Manchester, CT) Furniture-making and general woodworking skills.
- Country Workshops: (Drew Langsner, Marshall, NC) Chairmaking, treen carving, and green woodworking.
- Garrett Hack: (Thetford, VT) Furniture-making and general woodworking skills.
- Handcraft Woodworks: (Don Weber, Paint Lick, KY) Hand tool woodworking and blacksmithing.
- Homestead Woodworking School: (Alan Mitchell, Newmarket, NH) Furniture-making and general woodworking skills.
- Kelly Mehler's School of Woodworking: (Berea, KY) Chairmaking, furniture, carving, and general woodworking skills.
- New Legacy School of Woodworking (UK): (Paul Sellers, Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynned, UK) Hand tool woodworking.
- New Legacy School of Woodworking (US): (Paul Sellers, Schuylerville, NY) Hand tool woodworking.
- North Bennett St. School: Boston's premier woodworking school, founded in 1885, featuring programs in furniture-making and instrument-making, among others.
- Philadelphia Furniture Workshop: (Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez, Philadelphia, PA) Furniture-making and general woodworking skills.
- The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts: (Phil Lowe, Beverly, MA) Historic reproduction fine furniture.
- The Windsor Institute: (Mike Dunbar, Hampton, NH) Windsor chairmaking.
- The Woodwright's School: (Roy Underhill, Pittsboro, NC) Planemaking, chairmaking, and general woodworking skills.
- Woodworking Workshops of the Shenandoah Valley: (Jeff Headley, Berryville, VA) Carving and period furniture making.
- Bodger's Ask & Answer: Green woodworking.
- Japanese Woodworking Forums
- SAPFM Hand Tools Forum: Society of American Period Furniture Makers.
- Sawmill Creek Neanderthal Haven: My favorite forum. My favorite contributors are Bob Smalser, Harry Strasil, Derek Cohen, and Jim Koepke; anything by them is worth reading. Many other talented people contribute as well.
- UK Workshop Hand Tools Forum
- Woodnet Hand Tools Forum
- Woodwork Australia Hand Tools Forum
- Woodwork UK Hand Tools Forum
- David Marks: Host of the WoodWorks TV show. Some episodes are available online under the TV link.
- In The Woodshop: (Derek Cohen).
- Lie-Nielsen Toolworks YouTube Channel: Lie-Nielsen has posted a number of excellent videos, both instructional and demos of their products.
- Robin Wood: Traditional turning.
- The New Yankee Workshop: (Norm Abrams) The official site for the PBS series. While Norm's primarily a power tool guy, there's a soft spot in my heart for this show.
- The Woodwright's Shop: (Roy Underhill) The official site for the PBS series, containing a number of episodes online.
Last update: July 28, 2010