Aux Mines de Suede Hackney Parry Tyzack

Parry, of Old Street

Parry 'aux mines de suede"
I was very pleased to find and purchase these wonderful cabinet makers clamps, stamped ‘aux mines de suede, Paris’. The ‘Parry of Old Street’ address was what drew me to them though. I had already heard mention of Parry, when I was reading up for an earlier post of mine about Tyzack, another Hackney resident. Old Street is just round the corner from me, I must go and have a look what inhabits no.329 now.

From the excellent

Shoreditch, covered just one square mile. It had grown faster than any other London parish in the first half of the century. Demolition made in the 1860’s, for the rail link between Dalston and Broad Street, ousted many locals. It came within feet of ejecting Samuel. Sanitary conditions began to improve after the Metropolis Management Act of 1855. In 1864 the sewer system was completed.

After Samuel died in 1903, the Tyzack shop by the station remained in his name until 1905. From 1905 the directory records that Edgar renamed the shops as “Samuel Tyzack and Sons”. Edgar had no sons, which was why he tried, unsuccessfully, to adopt my father. Later he saw another chance to continue the family name. He tried to get Cecil Tyzack, his older step-brother’s son, into the business, but they argued and fell out. As a result, about 1936, Cecil started yet another Tyzack tool company, which still exists at Nos. 79-81 Kingsland Road. Late in his life Edgar had a daughter Margaret, and the shop by the station continued to trade under the family name until 1987. Parry’s Tools had been a competitor. Parry died and his widow offered the business to Edgar, following Parry’s wish. Edgar bought it and sold his railway site. The two businesses were merged in the smaller premises of Parry’s at No. 329 Old Street. It continues to operate with a smart green sign saying Parry Tyzack. Alas there is no one with the family name now involved.

Parry 'aux mines de suede"
Parry 'aux mines de suede"
What I’m more confused about, is a tool that’s clearly stamped by Parry, but also with the French stamp? Is this a pair of clamps that came from the French factory, and Parry was the seller? Or perhaps they were only stamped to show they belonged to his workshop. Maybe someone can throw some light on that for me. For the time being, these will hang on the wall of my fictional workshop, which I will one day have, when we can afford a house large enough for it!

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College Practical techniques

College course: Day 7

Great day at college today. Very productive and a good laugh to boot. As we have a break next week, the focus was on getting elements glued up and ready for when we come back in two weeks time.

One of the oiled panels I finished last week. Here it’s dropped into it’s holding frame and it’s ready for glue-up. Sash cramps keep things square whilst being glued, hopefully.
Both side panels of the cabinet, now made up and left to dry. See you again in two weeks.
The cabinet incorporates a shelf, two thirds of the way down. I dimensioned the wood for this (walnut again) and jointed it, so that when glued it makes up a solid panel, with grain matching nicely. The grain ‘crowning’ is upmost on the middle panel, but at the bottom on the outside two. This means as the panel dries over time and shrinks, the whole panel shouldn’t dish.
Same deal here for the top of the cabinet. Another triple-joined panel left to dry, and I’ll bring both panels back down to a flat surface when I return, so not much need to worry about glue overspill etc.

Hollows & Rounds Moulding planes

30 good moulding planes

All these planes are from the tool chest of a gentleman who used to be a cabinet maker in Dorset. The planes have wonderful patination and have obviously been well-loved. NOW SOLD!

College Practical techniques

College course: Day 6

I’m almost embarrassed to add this latest post and call it an update. A very slow day at college on Friday, not helped by random ‘non-day course’ people taking up space in the woodwork shop and taking up the tutors time.

Well, the side panels were test-fitted together anyway, and I finally cut the veneered walnut board to drop into the frames. (Apologies for the terrible picture quality, I literally have the cheapest phone in the world).

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All good with the fit. The project was then pretty much abandoned, as I had a go with another couple of machines (spindle moulder and bandsaw) and did a quick build for something we needed in the house. Despite all that, I decided it wouldn’t be long before I’m gluing up these side panels, so I need to give thought to giving them, a GOOD RUBBING DOWN, and then OILING THEM UP. The tutor figured it made sense to get the boards finished, drop them in, then oil the frames.

The above shot is the panels having already been RUBBED DOWN with various grades of glasspaper. The tutor recommended ‘Osmo oil’, but having seen the prices, and talked to my friend Robert Vialle, I just went with what I had in the cupboard, a decent Danish Oil. Robert recommended at least five coats, so best get on with it.

Wow, this wood is going to look beautiful, even the woman in the mag looks impressed. Right, well the pictures aren’t going to change much from here on, so I’ll post some new stuff next week, once the boards are in. I’ll also have a bit more energy, hopefully, and will start dimensioning timber to create the cross rails to join the two side panels together. See if you can keep your excitement in check until then!