You know what I like to do when I should be replying to emails and sending invoices? Obsessively photograph all of my tools. I’ve added some doozies to my collection since the last time I posted, so I thought I would introduce you to them.
What does Itokiri mean? It means one hot pair of Japanese scissors. Do I use them every day? No. Do I feel like a delicious snob when I do use them? Yes. Oh, yes.
Hey look! A bone folder I (clumsily) made last summer in my dad’s basement after finding a box of debris from a 2006 Jim Croft workshop.
This mystery press, found at a junk shop in Lewes for £8, is one of my favorite acquisitions. You can’t tell from the photo, but its total length is only 12″. It’s like a finishing press you can throw in your bag when you go out drinking with your bookbinding pals.
Legos are my favorite tool for making partitioned boxes. I’ve also found them useful for putting together the tiny walnut corners I need for my new book. I will now be corrected by purists who will insist that the plural of “Lego” is “Lego.” To this I respond with a frosty silence:
Legos are surprisingly expensive. I suggest stealing some from a child rather than finding them on ebay as I did.
This is The Ruler That Changed my Life. Not only does it have a grid and a metal cutting edge, it is also self centering! I didn’t even know that was a thing until my students at Penland gave me my first self-centering ruler a couple of years ago. Does everyone know that’s a thing? Was I the only one?
This tool cup was made by Alison Milner and Christiane Kersten, fellow exhibitors at Made Brighton last year. It is impossible to be surrounded by craftspeople and not make a purchase, even when you are desperately trying to turn a profit. It was worth it for the smug bit of joy I experience every time I put a tool into this cup. I don’t know why it is smug, but it is.
Ok over and out! Until next time, blog friends. Please send links to your favorite tools, I am always looking for more.