Christmas gifts for woodworkers?

What to buy for woodworkers? What *not* to buy? SOOOOOO many potential gifts. The trick is, woodworkers can sometimes be finicky about the tools they buy. So what *DO* you buy for woodworkers?

  • A wooden bowl or spoon? Who doesn’t like a gift hand-made by another maker? In Ontario, Jeff Ballantyne from Noble Woodcraft has some great eating and cooking spoons (he’s at the Originals show in Ottawa until the 18th!).
  • A shop broom from Granville Island Broom Co. Made with broomcorn, They have brooms for benches, brooms for floors, and even a hockey stick broom. Sure you *could* use a vacuum, but this is SO much more fun… and environmentally friendly to boot.
  • A JessEm dowelling jig. A nice, well designed dowelling jig (Made in Canada too!). Don’t like dowels? You would be surprised how useful they are in creating joints that are hidden.
  • Wile plane adjusting hammer, designed by Richard Wile of Nova Scotia, and made by Veritas.
  • Wood. Like, why not? Drop in to Exotic Woods in Burlington. They have small boards, large boards, burls, blocks of wood, stuff for carving and a whole lot more.
  • A book from Lost Art Press. Which one? Anyone, they are ALL good: Woodworking in EstoniaThe Anarchist’s Design Book, any of the volumes of The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years.
  • A restored axe from Vintage Axe Works.
  • A book on woodworking?
    The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen
    – The Urban Woodsman: A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls and Boards
    – The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
    – A Field Guide to Identifying Woods in American Antiques & Collectibles
  • A Veritas precision square, or double square, or other measuring/marking tool.
  • Polissoir & Wax from the The Unplugged Workshop.
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