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Date registered: June 5, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Mini-Workbench Plans — July 5, 2017
  2. East End Canal Heritage — June 26, 2017
  3. Distinctive Norris A7 — May 14, 2017
  4. Info on coach making tools? — February 21, 2017
  5. Marples ‘Shamrock’ Tool Cabinet — January 7, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Parry, of Old Street — 14 comments
  2. Being John Moseley — 12 comments
  3. Whatsit? — 10 comments
  4. Slideshow 1 – Goodbye to W.H.Clark — 9 comments
  5. Good Times — 8 comments

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Dec 22

Get Andy turning again!

If you use Twitter, you may already have seen the awful outcome of an electrical fire at the workshop of @AndyWoodturner, (Andy Coates). The pictures below show some of the damage sustained on the 20th December. Andy is a highly regarded craftsman and also …

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Dec 12

Moseley & Simpson?

One of the most-read posts on Hackney Tools is about the life of tool maker John Moseley. A reader of the blog got in touch recently about a pair of mortice chisels he had been given and the name stamp in ‘Moseley & Simpson’. I wondered if anyone might know more about this …

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Dec 11

Plenty more in it!

The old fella I bought a box full of tools from the other day certainly got his money’s worth from this Norris blade. I think I might end up cutting it into two and making a couple of nice little 1″ blades for some small scrapers, but for now it’s a nice …

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Nov 13

A few notes about fishing…

Despite the never-ending autumn and very mild winter, I’m looking ahead to spring and have started to sort out my fishing gear. In my youth, I was a member of Luton Angling Club and fished many a match on the Grand Union Canal, mostly on stretches through Leighton Buzzard, such as Grove …

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Sep 23

A nice find…

I cleared an old workshop yesterday and found this little gem. A Norris ’27’ bullnose plane in gunmetal with a steel sole. It has the later rosewood wedge (circa 1928), rather than the earlier ebony wedge (circa 1914). A lovely little plane I will put to good use on special projects.

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