Halloween and Hurricanes

Hello everyone,

Here in Connecticut we’re supposed to get hit pretty hard by hurricane Sandy. The coast is at the greatest risk from the predicted huge storm surge. Thankfully we’re 500 ft. above sea level up here in the hills so we shouldn’t have any flooding. I am worried about something falling on the house, but there’s nothing I can do about that. We have the generator ready and plenty of food put up. Let’s hope for the best.

I’m going to postpone the tool sale I had planned for tomorrow. I’ll have a house full of kids and a possible interruption of power and/or Internet access so it’s best to push it off a week to November 5. This will give me another week to put together even more good tools which should make this an enormous list of tools for sale. Lots of fun stuff coming up- I promise.

Hello everyone,

Here in Connecticut we’re supposed to get hit pretty hard by hurricane Sandy. The coast is at the greatest risk from the predicted huge storm surge. Thankfully we’re 500 ft. above sea level up here in the hills so we shouldn’t have any flooding. I am worried about something falling on the house, but there’s nothing I can do about that. We have the generator ready and plenty of food put up. Let’s hope for the best.

I’m going to postpone the tool sale I had planned for tomorrow. I’ll have a house full of kids and a possible interruption of power and/or Internet access so it’s best to push it off a week to November 5. This will give me another week to put together even more good tools which should make this an enormous list of tools for sale. Lots of fun stuff coming up- I promise.

We spent some time today carving pumpkins for Halloween. The kids are all excited about our town’s Trick-or-Trunk event at the school on Halloween. We live in the middle of nowhere so door-to-door trick or treating isn’t practical. Instead, everyone gathers at the high school and decorates their trunks/trucks and passes out candy. My daughter has been working hard on our display this year- she picked a Plants vs. Zombies theme. Hopefully the hurricane won’t wash out Halloween again like it did last year. Here are some photos of the pumpkin carving. As you can see, old tools were utilized. I have a Harvey Peace keyhole saw that I’ve modified just for this purpose and it works great. A center bit in a brace is a good way to cut a pilot hole for the saw, and plus it makes fun curly pumpkin shavings that the kids love.

Boring a pilot hole with my 4in brace and center bit.
Removing the top with my specialized pumpkin-cutting keyhole saw- my son's favorite part.
Curly pimpkin shavings curtesy of a razor sharp center bit.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

Josh

More Old Tools For Sale Today

Hi Folks,

I added about 90 tools to my Tools For Sale page today. Have a look- I hope you find something you like.

A couple of notes..

Hi Folks,

I added about 90 tools to my Tools For Sale page today. Have a look- I hope you find something you like.

A couple of notes..

I’ve been slowly updating my much-neglected website. I updated  my Terms and Conditions page to make it easier to understand the ordering process and my very simple terms of sale. I also made a few simple navigation changes and made some updates to my Harvey Peace web pages. I hope to make more significant updates soon.

I will be at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool show this Friday and Saturday along with many other vendors- see my last blog post for details. I’ve spent the last week putting together a bunch of really nice tools to offer for sale. Many will be available for a test drive- I’ll have at least one bench available and lots of wood.

I want to thank everyone who subscribed to my blog over the past two weeks as a result of Peter Follansbee’s mention on his blog.  For anyone who hasn’t been following Peter lately, he has been selling some of Jennie Alexander’s hand tools on his blog- a good opportunity to get some excellent tools with a notable provenance.

Finally, we had our fist hard freeze here in central CT on Thursday night. This meant the end of the growing season for most vegetables,except for the hardy winter greens. The day before I harvested our jalapeno pepper crop. I like to leave them all on the plants until  the very end of the season so we get a nice assortment of colors from red to green to almost black. Our four plants yielded more than 15 pounds this year, all of which are now canned and pickling, a total of 24 pint jars. I’m happy to report that my hands have finally stopped burning. Next year: nitrile gloves. I think I promised the same thing last year.

Jalapenos
Jalapeno Harvest- 2012

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

Josh

A Few Updates

Hello Folks,

Just a couple of updates..

First, for anyone in southern New England, there is a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event October 19 and 20 at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I was invited to attend as a vendor again this year. Last year the event was a lot of fun, enven though the Saturday was cut short by an epic early fall snow storm. This year I will be bringing a load of good tools to sell as well as a number of tools from my shop to demonstrate. There will be several other vendors setup including Lie-Neilsen, Matt Bickford, Matt Cianci,Tico Voigt, and others. Craftsman and writer Freddy Roman will be there as well- hopefully with some of his Federal furniture on display. Stop by and say hi if you can.

Second…

Hello Folks,

Just a couple of updates..

First, for anyone in southern New England, there is a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event October 19 and 20 at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I was invited to attend as a vendor again this year. Last year the event was a lot of fun, enven though the Saturday was cut short by an epic early fall snow storm. This year I will be bringing a load of quality old tools to sell as well as a number of tools from my shop to demonstrate. There will be several other vendors setup including Lie-Neilsen, Matt Bickford, Matt Cianci,Tico Voigt, and others. Craftsman and writer Freddy Roman will be there as well- hopefully with some of his Federal furniture  on display. Stop by and say hi if you can.

Next.. I received a follow-up to my July post about molding planes from the shop of Gene Landon. Tom Meiller wrote to provide some additional information and point out that he has written a book about Gene and his furniture. Is is available here. I’m embarrassed to admit that I misspelled Gene’s last name in my first post- it is Landon, not Langdon. I’m so used to typing “Langdon” as in “I’m sorry, I don’t have any Langdon mitre boxes available at the moment” that muscle memory took over, thus the typo. Sorry!

Finally,  I’m happy to say that all of the tools that were sold on Monday have been shipped and are on their way. There was a mix-up with the USPS Carrier Pickup system that resulted in a missed pickup on Tuesday so everything shipped today. My faithful USPS letter carrier says “thanks” for all the business, despite the pouring rain today. Most everyone in the US should have their packages by the end of the week.

Everything packed and ready to be picked up by the USPS

Thanks for reading.

Josh

A New Batch of Old Tools Today

Good Afternoon!

I added a batch of around 100 fresh old tools to my For Sale page today. This update includes a large number of good usable chisels, some excellent books, a bunch of bench planes and molding plans, as well as lots of other fun stuff. Have a look and see if you find something you like. If you’d like to order an item please email me at jclark@hyperkitten.com and/or jclark42@gmail.com and please include your shipping address.

Thank you for reading!

Josh

Good Afternoon!

I added a batch of around 100 fresh old tools to my For Sale page today. This update includes a large number of good usable chisels, some excellent books, a bunch of bench planes and molding plans, as well as lots of other fun stuff. Have a look and see if you find something you like. If you’d like to order an item please email me at jclark@hyperkitten.com and/or jclark42@gmail.com and please include your shipping address.

Thank you for reading!

Josh