Modern Tool Makers

Here is a list of hand tool makers which I will try and keep updated.

MODERN PLANEMAKERS

Here is a list of current planemakers (not including Lee Valley or Lie-Nielsen). (All websites are OK as of June 2016)

Hand Sculptors Tools

Kestrel Tools (USA):  adze’s, crooked knives, straight knives
Preferred Edge (Canada) :  adze’s, carving knives
Cariboo Blades (Canada) : kitchen, hunting, utility knives; woodworking and carving tools
Cape Forge (USA) : woodcarving tools
Reid Schwartz – (USA) : bespoke carving tools

Hand Tool Makers

David Barron – exotic wood Krenov style planes, marking gauges
Lie Nielsen – handcrafted tools from Maine
Lee Valley – handcrafted tools from Canada
Blue Spruce Toolworks – chisels, mallets, marking knives
Tools for Working Wood – handcrafted tools from New York, toolstore
Bench Crafted – innovative visas, Moxon, vises
Walke Moore Tools – clamps, router planes
Texas Heritage Woodworks – aprons, tool rolls, shop accessories, Moxon vise kits

Saw Makers

Bontz Saw Works – handmade dovetail, carcass, sash, tenon saws
North Wind Toolworks – handmade old world saws
Rocky Mountain Saw Works – handmade saws
Bad Axe Toolworks – handcrafted saws, bench hooks
Florip Toolworks – saws, marking gauges
Alamo Toolworks – saws, saw parts
Blackburn Tools – saws, saw parts, layout tools, accessories

AXES

Autine – handmade axes
Toronto Blacksmith – hand forged axes
Vintage Axe Works – vintage restored axes
Appalachian Axe Works – restored axes and tools
VICTOR – USA made axes

JAPANESE TOOLS

Japanese Tools Australia – Japanese tools
Tools from Japan – Japanese tools (direct from Japan)

DEFUNCT PLANEMAKERS

Over the years, some interesting planemakers have come into the market. What is surprising is how quickly they seemed to have disappeared into the ether. The tell-tale sign is always the website becoming in-accessible.

  • Shepherd Tool (2000-2006) – well known for its infill plane kits.
  • Gabardi & Sons (?-2011) – handmade infill planes.
  • Sturnella Tools (2013-2014) – infill smoothing plane castings. (sturnella.com)
  • Nice Ash Planes (2012-2014?) – nice wooden planes. (niceashplanes.com)
  • Knight Toolworks (? – 2012) – Krenov-style wooden plane kits.
  • DL Barrett & Sons – traditional wooden planes (bench and plough) (Canada) (website defunct as  of Jan 2016)

Note the trend amongst infill plane makers to end up closing up shop. It is probably due to the high cost in manufacturing these planes – or being overwhelmed with orders (which is also not so uncommon).

DEFUNCT SAWMAKERS

  • Adria Saws -handsaws (www.adriatools.com/)

NB: If the website for a toolmaker no longer functions, I consider the company to be defunct – if it functions again at some later date, I will move the link.

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