Hand Tools Archive 2008
>Absolutely heresy. We're just going to force you to go back again next time!
There was some nice stuff for sale there. And considering the limited attendance, it seemed like the vendors were selling their stuff pretty briskly.
I was happy to see Philly's planes. He had some sweet little smoothers (my friend Dave picked up one that I'm hoping he'll let me try). Never seen Chris Vesper's tools. He may be coming for a visit. I'll see if I can rifle through his luggage like a junky while he's in the bathroom. :) (just kidding- I would only ever do that to Dave Jeske). Vesper's stuff reminded me of Bridge City tools. Just beautifully made, perfectly polished surfaces. He had tiny combination squares and bevels and marking knives that were to die for.
I didn't get to see or try the Brese or Sauer planes. I wanted to buy some Auriou rasps. Could have saved on shipping, but they were gone by the time I got round to it. Did get to play with Harrelson Stanley's japanese planes while he harangued me for criticizing side sharpening. The blade in that plane was ridiculously sharp and addicting to use. Never seen anything like it. So while I argued on and on about physics, the proof was right there in front of me. Whatever he did to that blade worked!
But I'm with you Wilbur. Next time I get a chance to got to something like, I'm going to buy a lot more stuff.