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Tool Magnet

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.

IMG_9490What 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.

 

IMG_9494Hey 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.

 

IMG_9530You know who doesn’t make clumsy things? Shanna Leino. I am now the proud owner and daily user of one of her double-ended steel awls. That lady. She sure knows what she is doing.

 

IMG_9498This 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.

 

IMG_9499Legos 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:

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Legos are surprisingly expensive. I suggest stealing some from a child rather than finding them on ebay as I did.

 

IMG_9491This 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?

 

IMG_9496This 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.

 

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10 comments on “Tool Magnet

  1. Cindy
    February 23, 2016

    Awesome set of unique tools! Your “mystery” press is actually an old handmade woodworker’s bench vise. It screws onto the side- or end- of a workbench to hold a piece of wood in place for handplaning, sanding or chiseling. Somebody worked very hard to make that and I cannot believe you found it for only £8! Although I admit I have no idea at the moment how much £8 actually is- but it still sounds like a bargain.
    BTW- LOVE your box-making handouts from Etsy!! You are a f****ing genius creator of box-making handouts!! Thx. : )

    • Big Jump Press
      February 25, 2016

      Thanks so much, Cindy! I am so glad to know a bit more about my mystery press. I could tell it is handmade but was unsure of its original use. It was SUCH a good find. today £8 is $11. A steal! So glad you like the handouts!

  2. I so need that self-centering ruler….

  3. ann edelman
    February 24, 2016

    What kind of ruler is that – centering and with one metal edge? Fantastic!

    • Big Jump Press
      February 25, 2016

      I know! It’s awesome! It is a Staedtler, but it seems like this particular ruler is made in Japan. I know that’s where the London Centre for Book Arts gets them. It is AMAZING. I have the small one and I need to get the big one now.

  4. riverlark
    February 25, 2016

    Oh tools! I remember when I bought my micro-spatula! The first of many lovely tools. My favorites include:
    *teflon bone folder, the slim size
    *a lovely sharp-pointed bone folder from Jim Croft
    *a 1/4″ strip of brass (many hardware stores have these). It’s fabulous for a quick 1/4″ measure anytime, anywhere
    *a circle cutter. If you’ve taken a class with Macy Chadwick you need this. (http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-93807097-Circle-Cutter-Replacement/dp/B0006HUJ0S)
    *a pin vise with tiny drill bits http://www.micromark.com/pin-vise-and-drill-bit-set,7804.html

    • Big Jump Press
      February 25, 2016

      Excellent! Thanks, Mary! That pin vise looks delicious. . .

  5. Candis Litsey
    February 28, 2016

    Did you know that Lego used to be made of wood? Did you know you can still buy interlocking blocks made of wood? http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/wood-legos-mokurukku.html How about a set for use in your cool box making workshop at LCBA?

  6. Candis Litsey
    February 28, 2016

    (just signed up to follow…I think I was successful…maybe twice or more?) Did you know that Lego(s) used to be made of wood? Did you know you can still buy interlocking wood blocks? Take a look http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/wood-legos-mokurukku.html Wouldn’t they be useful at one of your box making workshops at LCBA?

    • Big Jump Press
      March 1, 2016

      THOSE ARE AMAZING. Thank you so much for sending this link! I love them. I hope all is well, Candis! I miss seeing you at the LCBA! Back to teaching these days.

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