Updates from Hyperkitten Tool Company

Hi Folks! I realize it’s been a long time since I made a blog post.  I have some news, a few changes, and just a general status update for all of you.

First, the blog: My old  Wordpress blog needed to be updated which turned out to be much more work than just installing the new version from scratch, so that’s what I did. I did import all of the old posts and comments for the sake of posterity. This blog is still in default mode. I’ll be working to configure it as time allows. I may update it more frequently but new tool sales will not be announced via the blog.. it just can’t handle the email traffic. Tool lists will continued to be announced via my MadMimi email list.

Which brings me to the next tool list… I’m going to have to change the way I post new tools for sale, at least for the next few months. Instead of one big list of tools I’m going to be adding smaller lists of tools more frequently, not on any particular schedule, just as time allows. This is an experiment. After the New Year I’ll reassess and see where things stand. I realize that shipping costs are high these days so if you see an item you want I’d be happy to set it aside for you until we have a few things to pack together to making shipping economical.

There’s a couple of reasons for this change: First, my day job ( I work as a Unix Systems Admin and Oracle DBA for a software company) has become much busier over the past 6 months, requiring me to work more nights and off-hours, time I used to devote to the tool business. Combine this with the fact that the holidays are coming up, as well as the fact that our three kids are now all involved with sports and other activities (I coach my daughter’s U9 softball team) and I just don’t have enough time.. Secondly, I’ve come to the realization that the method I’ve been using to sell tools, i.e. putting up one big list and saying “come and get it”, isn’t really working well now that my email list has grown to its current size.. Essentially I’m putting up a list of maybe 200 tools then sending email to over 4,000 people. This results in a fast few who get the tools and several hundred emails for me to reply “sorry, someone else claimed that item”. It’s frustrating for everyone and lately I’ve been catching more and more flack for it. I understand the problem, I just don’t know how to fix it. Frankly, I rely heavily on the tool business to keep my family afloat financially. I’m incredibly appreciative of all of you who have been loyal customers over the years. I just want to do the best I can to help keep everyone happy.

On the upside, I can state definitively that the demand for user hand tools is higher than ever with new (younger) people getting involved every day. At least twice a week I get an email from someone who just picked up The Anarchist’s Tool Chest and wants to buy a starter kit of tools. It’s a fantastic time to be a woodworker, especially one interested in traditional work with hand tools.

Other updates.. I’m on Twitter @HKToolCo and occasionally tweet things. I’m also on Instagram now @hktoolco and trying my best to figure it out. I am on Facebook as well, and participate in a few of the hand tool related groups. If you friend me on Facebook you’ll likely see me tagged in CrossFit posts, which you’ll get sick of real fast, so consider that fair warning.

So that’s it for now. Keep an eye on Twitter, IG, this blog for more updates. Thanks for reading, and thanks for your loyalty, patience, and understanding. I appreciate it.

Josh

 

Oct 3 Tools for Sale

Hi Folks,

It’s lunch time! Grab a sandwich and take a look at my latest list of hand tools is available here:

http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php

This list includes about 180 new items- lots of good,usable tools including lots of good edge tools, some good saws, planes, and molders, as well as lots of books. The couple of remaining items from last time have been marked down.

This is my first try at this using the new email service. The test message I sent out last week worked fine. Let’s hope this one goes as smooth. I’m also completely up on Google Apps for all of my email, eliminating a local mail server that might have been the cause of the delays I experienced last time. Fingers crossed.. let’s hope for the best.

As always, thanks for your support.

Josh

Hi Folks,

It’s lunch time! Grab a sandwich and take a look at my latest list of hand tools is available here:

http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php

This list includes about 180 new items- lots of good,usable tools including lots of good edge tools, some good saws, planes, and molders, as well as lots of books. The couple of remaining items from last time have been marked down.

This is my first try at this using the new email service. The test message I sent out last week worked fine. Let’s hope this one goes as smooth. I’m also completely up on Google Apps for all of my email, eliminating a local mail server that might have been the cause of the delays I experienced last time. Fingers crossed.. let’s hope for the best.

As always, thanks for your support.

Josh

End of Summer Tool List

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this list. I had to postpone it a couple of times due to unexpected road trips to pick up collections of tools. This list is packed with some great user tools. I’ve happened upon a mother lose of some of the finest chisels and gouges I’ve ever seen. Many of these are on today’s list, others will be listed in the coming weeks.

The new list is available here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php

This is a big one- more than 250 new items. I don’t expect to be able to reply immediately on my limited lunch break this afternoon. So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me right away. All emails will be answered in the order they arrived.

As always, thanks for reading!

Josh

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this list. I had to postpone it a couple of times due to unexpected road trips to pick up collections of tools. This list is packed with some great user tools. I’ve happened upon a mother lose of some of the finest chisels and gouges I’ve ever seen. Many of these are on today’s list, others will be listed in the coming weeks.

The new list is available here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php

This is a big one- more than 250 new items. I don’t expect to be able to reply immediately on my limited lunch break this afternoon. So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me right away. All emails will be answered in the order they arrived.

As always, thanks for reading!

Josh

Early August Tools for Sale

Hi Folks,

Jsut a quick note to let you know there is a new list of old tools for sale here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php Lots of great user stuff- planes, saws, edge tools, some excellent books. There’s also a complete Stanley 444 if you are looking to fill out your collection. I hope you find something you like.

I’m in a rush today so no time for other news.. Follow me on Twitter @HKToolCo for mildly interesting photos and other stuff.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

Hi Folks,

Jsut a quick note to let you know there is a new list of old tools for sale here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php Lots of great user stuff- planes, saws, edge tools, some excellent books. There’s also a complete Stanley 444 if you are looking to fill out your collection. I hope you find something you like.

I’m in a rush today so no time for other news.. Follow me on Twitter @HKToolCo for mildly interesting photos and other stuff.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

Summer Tool Sale No. 2

Hello Everyone,

Happy Summer! It’s a beautiful day here in CT, warm, dry, and breezy. I added about 160 new tools to my For Sale page today- you can see them here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php The list includes a number of excellent edge tools, a few Stanley planes, some great molders, some vintage Scotch braces paired with bits, and lots of other fun stuff. Have a look and drop me an email if you see something you like.

Around here we’ve been enjoying summer to its fullest. I took a week off work to take some day trips with the kids. We enjoyed an overnight trip to Mystic, CT, several trips to the beach, and some good fishing. All of this fun put me days behind on email. I haven’t had a chance to catch up with it all yet so if you are still waiting for a reply I’m doing my best. Feel free to follow-up to make sure I received it. I’m doing all I can to keep up with requests for tools. I just took in two large collections and several boxes of consignments.

My web host recently upped my disk space quota. Taking advantage of the new space, I have started offering 60% larger photos of each tool. I hope this makes up for my mediocre photography.

If anyone out there is interested in bucking and felling crosscut saws, both 1-man and 2-man please send me an email. I used to sell these on eBay but I’d like to avoid doing that now.. I have a decent number of good, usable saws for sout masters, forestry folks, or anyone looking to stop up on logging tools ahead of the zombie apocalypse.

Starting this month I’m going to experiment with email invoice through Quickbooks. I will continue to include paper invoices in my shipments. If you get an email invoice please feel free to provide feedback.

The next tool list is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Thanks for reading

Josh

Hello Everyone,

Happy Summer! It’s a beautiful day here in CT, warm, dry, and breezy. I added about 160 new tools to my For Sale page today- you can see them here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php  The list includes a number of excellent edge tools, a few Stanley planes, some great molders, some vintage Scotch braces paired with bits, and lots of other fun stuff. Have a look and drop me an email if you see something you like.

Around here we’ve been enjoying summer to its fullest. I took a week off work to take some day trips with the kids. We enjoyed an overnight trip to Mystic, CT, several trips to the beach, and some good fishing. All of this fun put me days behind on email. I haven’t had a chance to catch up with it all yet so if you are still waiting for a reply I’m doing my best. Feel free to follow-up to make sure I received it. I’m doing all I can to keep up with requests for tools. I just took in two large collections and several boxes of consignments.

My web host recently upped my disk space quota. Taking advantage of the new space, I have started offering 60% larger photos of each tool. I hope this makes up for my mediocre photography.

If anyone out there is interested in bucking and felling crosscut saws, both 1-man and 2-man please send me an email. I used to sell these on eBay but I’d like to avoid doing that now.. I have a decent number of good, usable saws for sout masters, forestry folks, or anyone looking to stop up on logging tools ahead of the zombie apocalypse.

Starting this month I’m going to experiment with email invoice through Quickbooks. I will continue to include paper invoices in my shipments. If you get an email invoice please feel free to provide feedback.

The next tool list is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Thanks for reading

Josh

Summer Tool List No. 1

Hello Everyone!

I put up my first list of tools for this summer. You can see the new stuff here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php This list includes about 160 new items including a huge bunch of nice edge tools, a few Stanley planes, some backsaws, boring tools, etc. I’ve had a lot of interest in dividers and side beads lately so I’ve tried to list as many as I can to satisfy the demand. I have lots of tools in stock and more on the way so please let me know if you are looking for something specific.

A note on email- email communication is unreliable. Messages are sometimes delayed by several minutes, hours, or even a day or more. There’s no reason behind this, messages just get stuck at one mail hop or another. I’ve heard more and more complaints lately that messages to/from me are taking too long to arrive. I would highly recommend sending messages to both of my addresses: jclark@hyperkitten.com and jclark42@gmail.com to increase the chances that one gets through to me in a timely manner.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. With our youngest now 2 years old we’re doing more on our free days. Our little town beach on the river is always a popular destination- my oldest daughter can now make it out to the dive platform which is a big deal around here. Our town’s fireworks are scheduled for tonight and we’re planning on a day trip to Mystic, CT next week. The bass are still biting (caught two in a short 5 minute fishing trip last night!) and the garden is looking good so far. I’ve been brewing more often lately with good success. I have a stout and pale ale in the fermenters, a Steam lager in the secondary, and a wheat beer jut finishing up bottle conditioning. I also finally bottled the hard cider I made last fall. I’m set for refreshment for a while. It should be a fun summer- I hope yours is too.

Thanks for reading.

Josh

Hello Everyone!

I put up my first list of tools for this summer. You can see the new stuff here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php This list includes about 160 new items including a huge bunch of nice edge tools, a few Stanley planes, some backsaws, boring tools, etc. I’ve had a lot of interest in dividers and side beads lately so I’ve tried to list as many as I can to satisfy the demand. I have lots of tools in stock and more on the way so please let me know if you are looking for something specific.

A note on email- email communication is unreliable. Messages are sometimes delayed by several minutes, hours, or even a day or more. There’s no reason behind this, messages just get stuck at one mail hop or another. I’ve heard more and more complaints lately that messages to/from me are taking too long to arrive. I would highly recommend sending messages to both of my addresses: jclark@hyperkitten.com and jclark42@gmail.com to increase the chances that one gets through to me in a timely manner.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. With our youngest now 2 years old we’re doing more on our free days. Our little town beach on the river is always a popular destination- my oldest daughter can now make it out to the dive platform which is a big deal around here. Our town’s fireworks are scheduled for tonight and we’re planning on a day trip to Mystic, CT next week. The bass are still biting (caught two in a short 5 minute fishing trip last night!) and the garden is looking good so far.  I’ve been brewing more often lately with good success. I have a stout and pale ale in the fermenters, a Steam lager in the secondary, and a wheat beer jut finishing up bottle conditioning. I also finally bottled the hard cider I made last fall. I’m set for refreshment for a while.  It should be a fun summer- I hope yours is too.

Thanks for reading.

Josh

May 28th Tool List Available

Hi Folks,

I’ll keep this short and to the point since I’m running late.. I added around 180 new items to my For Sale page today. This includes a number of Stanley planes, nice molding planes, backsaws, tons of edge tools including my latest batch of drawknives and some exceptional larger chisels. I also raided my collection and decided to part with one of the finest plows I’ve come across. Lots of other fun stuff as well. Check out the new list here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php

If I can get some problems with my web host resolved I will be adding another 20 or so books and vintage catalogs to the list.

Look out for my next update on Wed, June 25. In the mean time please contact me by email if you have any specific requests.

Thanks for reading,

Josh

Hi Folks,

I’ll keep this short and to the point since I’m running late.. I added around 180 new items to my For Sale page today. This includes a number of Stanley planes, nice molding planes, backsaws, tons of edge tools including my latest batch of drawknives and some exceptional larger chisels. I also raided my collection and decided to part with one of the finest plows I’ve come across. Lots of other fun stuff as well. Check out the new list here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php

If I can get some problems with my web host resolved I will be adding another 20 or so books and vintage catalogs to the list.

Look out for my next update on Wed, June 25. In the mean time please contact me by email if you have any specific requests.

Thanks for reading,

Josh

May First Monday Tool Sale

I put up a batch of some 120+ fresh old tools on my For Sale page today. This list includes a bunch of Stanley planes, some toothing planes, drawknives, bunches of good edge tools, some vintage books and catalogs, and lots of other fun stuff. I hope you find something you like!

Around here Tool Season is in full swing. My stock room is packed with all sorts of interesting tools. I’m working hard to fulfill all of the requests I have on file for specific tools. If you are looking for something in particular please let me know!

Around here the weather has been beautiful and the spring rain has the rivers flowing nicely. Fishing season is open and I’ve been able to go out with my daughter twice so far. We’ve caught a couple of decent brown trout and a really good bass (really good for a Connecticut) on Saturday.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

I put up a batch of some 120+ fresh old tools on my For Sale page today. This list includes a bunch of Stanley planes, some toothing planes, drawknives, bunches of good edge tools, some vintage books and catalogs, and lots of other fun stuff. I hope you find something you like!

Around here Tool Season is in full swing. My stock room is packed with all sorts of interesting tools. I’m working hard to fulfill all of the requests I have on file for specific tools. If you are looking for something in particular please let me know!

Around here the weather has been beautiful and the spring rain has the rivers flowing nicely. Fishing season is open and I’ve been able to go out with my daughter twice so far. We’ve caught a couple of decent brown trout and a really good bass (really good for a Connecticut) on Saturday.

A nice little bass.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

Let’s Try Again- Spring is REALLY Here Tool Sale

Hi Folks,

Last time I wrote that spring was finally here. A few days later we had a snow and ice storm. Today it’s in the mid 70s, the daffodils are in full bloom, and the peepers are chirping. Spring is really here this time. I hope.

Today’s For Sale List includes a large number of tools- some 140+ planes, edge tools, molding planes, saws, etc. There’s lots of good stuff here including some barely used modern saws, a complete Stanley 55, a decent user set of hollows and rounds, as well as assorted other interesting bits. There’s lots of fun stuff. I hope you find something you like.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

Hi Folks,

Last time I wrote that spring was finally here. A few days later we had a snow and ice storm. Today it’s in the mid 70s, the daffodils are in full bloom, and the peepers are chirping. Spring is really here this time. I hope.

Today’s For Sale List includes a large number of tools- some 140+ planes, edge tools, molding planes, saws, etc. There’s lots of good stuff here including some barely used modern saws, a complete Stanley 55, a decent user set of hollows and rounds, as well as assorted other interesting bits. There’s lots of fun stuff. I hope you find something you like. You can see the new list here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php

Thanks for reading!

Josh