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Posting new items for sale on my website ‘handtools for sale’ page, I am struck by the irony of using today’s hi-tech methods to nourish a more fundamental human need: the impulse to make something directly, by hand.The moulding planes, hollows and rounds, rabbet planes, and other items that represented the leading edge of our tool technology a hundred or two hundred years ago are still capable of fulfilling the same purpose, namely to create something individual, well, and lasting, without the nagging feeling that if the power (to say the least) goes out, all will not belost.

I love these old tools because they connect me to to a feeling of accomplishment and — dare I say it? — control, that is all too frequently missing from the experience of sitting down at the computer and wondering if pressing the wrong key will erase everything.