Category Archive: History

Oct 28

Michael White, cabinet maker

Back in September last year, I had the pleasure of visiting a wonderful violin shop and its restoration workshop called Bridgewood & Neitzert. If you look at the slideshow, you will see the superb cabinet work of Michael White. I asked Gary Bridgewood for more information about …

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Oct 04

‘English Sash Planes’ by David Nelson

David Nelson, a reader of the blog from the US has kindly sent me a digital copy an excellent guide he’s produced about English sash planes. You can download a pdf of the guide here (11.37mb).

Sep 23

Norris Scraper Plane??

On eBay right now. Doesn’t seem right and I find no reference anywhere to a scraper plane having been produced. Not for me to say, but if you’re going to invent something, maybe invent something that’s never been seen!

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Aug 08

Copley? Anyone?

I’m wondering if I can find out a little more about Copley of London? I have one of his saws in a pile here, but know very little of him. If anyone has more info I’d be delighted to publish it. I now get a lot …

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Jul 12

The Small Things

Today, whilst going through a large batch of tools I’ve recently purchased, I was struck by the amount of handmade tools and tools with good repairs. The gentleman who owned these tools lived in the Midlands and was a master carpenter. Three of the smallest tools jumped out at me and I just had to …

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