David Barron's Blog
David is a furniture and toolmaker who also teaches and writes on the subject (and is also regular show exhibitor). Here is a link to David's blog, it's always nice to see other peoples work in progress.
GLR Distributors Ltd ( Kennions )
It was My interest in model engineering that lead me into plane making.
The wealth of skill and knowledge used by these gifted people are disappearing from our industry but are synonymous to my own objectives.
The tools and materials on offer from model engineer suppliers are a valuable source for most of us. I have found GLR extremely helpful in this area.
Traditional style infill planes ...
“Each plane skillfully designed and built using old world methods. Bodies of bronze, brass, or steel, carefully hand dovetailed to a steel sole, and then fitted with exotic woods. All components are hand-shaped and assembled.”
A quality tool maker.
Bill Carter served his apprenticeship as a carpenter " joiner, he went on to become a self taught cabinet maker. Bill started making planes for himself in the 1970's, these were always made out of timber. In 1983 he made his first metal plane after seeing a set of plans in the Woodworker magazine. In 1987 Bill left full time employment to concentrate on plane making at home.
is an Author and Maker who has specialized in teaching since 1977. He runs courses at Harton Manor Workshop teaching fine furniture making to exhibition standard.
“The quality of traditional woodworking depends mainly on three things, the raw materials, the personal skills and also on the handtools. But high-quality handtools, especially handplanes, are hard to get. There are some good, industrially manufactured handplanes available, but they can't really match with the great toolmakers from the beginning of the 19th century. Realising that, I decided to build them myself using my professional toolmaking skills and the best materials I could get. The results were more than satisfying...”
“Imagine a hand plane that is versatile enough to plane curly maple with no tear-out, finish plane cedar, plane through knots on a wide board of cherry, and plane dovetails flush on oak after glue-up. Imagine such a plane made by a distinguished English toolmaker being offered at an affordable price.”
Lee Valley & Veritas
Lee Valley Tools has been meeting the needs of serious woodworkers and gardeners for over 30 years as one of the leading mail-order and retail suppliers of woodworking tools, gardening tools and cabinet hardware.
Veritas® Tools (our research, development and manufacturing division) continues to be one of the most innovative hand-tool design firms in the world, producing unique and high-quality products.
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks began in 1981 as an effort to make top-quality hand tools available again from a U.S. maker and to revive discontinued, but useful, designs so the average woodworker could obtain them.
Richard Maguire Traditional Workbenches
“My passion for traditional woodwork inspired me to set up this business. My aim is to build the best workbenches in the world and so I never compromise on quality for anything. I have selected materials and bench hardware which I believe lives up to this aim and mixed together with an extremely high level of craftsmanship my benches are designed to last a lifetime and more.”
Traditional Wooden Planes Made in England.
“Phil Edwards is the craftsman behind Philly Planes, who are reviving the lost art of wooden plane making in the UK. As a woodworker with a passion for hand tools, planes in particular, it was inevitable that he would end up making them himself. From his workshop in Broadstone, Dorset he makes each individual plane by hand.”
Sauer and Steiner
“I started making furniture many years ago – and for very practical reasons. We could not afford or find the furniture that we wanted to use in our home. I started with hand tools, because they had a lower initial cost, and we did not have the space for machinery. I also had a strange hunch that quality handtools were capable of more than removing paint from the edges of stuck doors. Working by hand was slow, and while this is contrary to society’s desire for “faster, better, cheaper” – it suited me just fine.”
Trinders’ Fine Tools
Trinders’ Fine Tools always carry a changing stock of English and Scottish infill planes by makers such as Norris, Spiers, Mathieson, Preston, Buck, Miller etc, and frequently by contemporary makers such as Holtey, Carter, Entwistle etc. Additionally we carry an outstanding list of related books on tools, woodworking, and the country house - its architecture, decoration and contents.
Chris Vesper Tools
Vesper Tools is a small Australian business with a passion for making the highest quality and best value woodworking hand tools available in the world. We utilise beautiful Australian timbers and precision machined brass to design and produce tools with unsurpassed user friendliness and value for money.
The quality of finish and attention to detail achieved on every tool is only possible from workmanship by hand.