Tools for a variety of crafts. Including Basketry, Timber Framing, Chair Seating (rush and cane), Green Woodwork and Pole Lathing.
I am currently working on new designs, but if you have a particular tool that you are looking for and cant see here, send me an email or phone me and I will see what I can do!
Forthecoming tools include: Side axes, small axes, pole lathe turning tools, stock knives for peg making, rake tine cutters, and anything else you think I should be making! I'm also developing tools for cob builders and thatchers, please contact me for more info.
Gripfids (3mm, 5mm, 6mm)
Log Dogs (new image to follow soon)
£35 a pair
Tybil or Morticing knife
(left or right hand available)
Large rush threader
Small Rush threader
Montanez shell bodkin
Socketed chisels (1/8" to 3" wide blades)
I can also make up the metal parts for you to put your own handles to.
Below are a range of woodworking tools hand forged from high carbon steel and sitted with locally grown hardwood handles. All tools can be supplied with leather sheathes to protect the edges for a small extra cost (recommended). Also as a way of keeping costs down I am willing to supply just the metal parts, allowing you to make your own handles.
Wood Working Tools
New image coming soon!
Straight adze (approx 3"edge)
£40 (blade only)
£70 (with more curvy ash handle)
Curved adze (approx 2 1/2" edge)
£40 (blade only)
£70 (with ash handle)
available with inside or outside bevel. Also other sizes available on request
Basketry Related Tools
Here is a range of tools produced for basketry related crafts, including rush and cane seating, split-ply/braid work and willow or rush basketry. I work closely with a range of basketmakers around the country to develop the best tools available.
Sparring Hook £75
(Various styles of billhook are made upon request, but I'm afraid I don't do the double edged ones)
These are available in a tight curve (good general pupose blade) and a more open curve (great for finishing the bowl of flattish spoons)
Available as right or left hand
£15 (blade only ground but not honed)
New to the arsenal of tools that I regularly make. For a couple of years now, I have been making a growing range of tools for the Royal Library at Windsor Castle . All of these tools are modelled on Victorian and Edwardian knives still in the possession of the Royal Bindery. So for the first time in many years, traditional bookbinding tools are now available! If there is a tool that you require for your bindery, but you cannot see it here, then please contact me as I'm sure to be able to make you something.
All knives are sold razor sharp and to the dimensions requested by Her Majesty's head book binder:
Dr Roderick Lane, Head of Book Conservations comment: ‘Thank you Dave for the wonderfully hand crafted knives. They needed no additional preparation or resetting and are superior to any other knife I have ever used. They are cheaper, sharper and easier to use than the Japanese equivalents. Many thanks for your wonderful work.’
I’ve been selling stones onto people at shows and on my courses for some time, but the range of accessories has now grown to the point where they warrant a space on my website.
These are the stones that i use for all of my knife sharpening (though I buy them in house brick sizes!). Simply saturate with clean water before use and keep lubricated with water. When a hollow wears, dry them out and rub on a paving slab with sand until flat.
For general sharpening I suggest the 250/1000 grit comnination. The only times that an edge of 6000 grit is needed is when sharpening fine push-cutting edges, such as carving knives and chisels.
Large stones are approx. 8"x2"x1"
Small stones are approx. 4"x1"x1"
250/1000 grit stones: Large £25 Small £12
1000/6000 grit stones: Large £30 Small £15
Convex Edge Sharpening
I have made these clever devices to help you to sharpen axes and other blades that have a convex edge. This block has a rubber backing that follows the curvature of your cutting edge, so making sharpening a true convex a doddle. The finesess of your edge can be tuned by the chjoice of grit paper placed on teh block. Should you be in need of a fine polished edge, then just turn the last paper over and apply stropping paste to the smooth side.
Each set comprises:
Block with foam backing and clamps
Hex key (stored in the side of the block)
4 strips each of abrasive paper (c120, 240, 500 and 1200 grit)
Instructions on how to use the system
Leather Strop & Strropping Compound
These are the same strops and compounds (below) that I use in the workshop. The strop is basically a strip of veg tanned leather glued to a flat, firm board. I use fairly thin (2mm) leather and a board to reduce the amount of rounding-off caused by the use of a loose strop (like a barber's belt), this will help to dull your nice sharp blade. I also do not round off the edges of my strops, so that every last mm of the strop will sharpen your blade. Each strop measures approximately 12" x 2"
The stropping compound is applied to the strop to aid in the polishing process. The use of this paste will produce a mirror poplished edge very quickly and is not nearly as messy as the cream type abrasives.
Razor Strop fungus
The Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) or 'Razor Strop fungus' can be a very useful addition to a bushcrafter's tool kit. Thin slices of it make excellent plasters for small cuts and the dried flesh can be used as an ember extender when lighting fires.
The main use for this fungus is, of course, as a strop for sharpening edged tools. When dry it is of a similar stiffness to a leather strop, with similar abrasive qualities (though does benefit from a little polishing paste as well). The benefit of using this type of strop is that it can easily be shaped to fit the cutting edge of carving tools such as spoon hooks and gauges.
As the size of these fungi varies, so does the size of strop that I am able to make from them. I’ve listed three average sizes, but I will always try to provide a strop a little larger than listed if possible. The surfaces are all square and smooth, ready for use. The spoon hook strops have one edge rounded for stropping the inside surface and will fit most spoon hook shapes..
Medium (3"x 1"x 1/2"): £1.50
Large (5"x 1"x 3/8"): £2.50
Spoon hook (3"x 1/2" ): £1.50
Unlike the backing hammers normally available, this is no toy. It is based on a Victorian hammer used daily in the bindery of Windsor Castle. The face and wedge are supplied polished and ready to use!
33oz (940g) approx weight.
Proper scrapers made for preparing page edges for gilding. The use of a scraper allows a MUCH better finish to be achieved than abrasives do. I'm working very closely with Windsor Castle to develop the 'ultimate' scraper set, until then we are going with traditional shapes and sizes.
all supplied with edges honed and turned ready for use.
Available in 1/2", 1" and 2" widths and either 0.5mm or 0.7mm thicknesses. All scrapers are made double ended and can be any combination of widths.
Book Plough Blade
This is a replacement for a Victorian Book Plough blade. It is 7"x3/4"x 1/4" and dovetailed to fit the plough. Blades for other ploughs are available on request.