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April 29, 2020

Made in Australia

Made in Australia                            Australia Day 2020 One of the driving factors that inspired us to attempt to manufacture woodwork tools was simply to make them wholly and solely in Australia. Most high quality woodwork tools are made in the US & Canada. Whilst the US may enjoy cheaper labour rates than Australian workers I do not believe they have anything over us when it comes to pure ability to cast, machine & design woodwork tools. I would put our guys up against anyone who specialises in woodwork hand tool manufacture. The largest tool in our current range is the Low Angle Jack Plane. We only import the PMA11V tool steel (because it is only made in Germany & the US), the Howard adjuster sealed bearing and the small brass screw that holds done the toe of the rear tote. The tool steel blade is machined, hardened & ground here in Adelaide, Australia. Every other of the 12 items that constitute the rest of this plane is made right here in Oz.In a week or so we will be releasing a new range of timber handles. We are keeping the Figured Red Gum of course but Huon Pine is returning along with Black Red Gum which is carbon dated to be 10,000 years old. The white bronze cap iron will now be in manganese bronze. More soon. Low Angle Jack Plane One of our earlier tools, the Marking Gauge System is made entirely in Adelaide Australia. The Red Gum comes from a tree in the arid north of South Australia. The brass insert and Figured Red Gum body are laser cut as pairs to make a perfect fit. It truely is a system. By changing the blade to a pencil attachment, or adding a length of stainless rod, or fitting trammel points or mortise blades you have either a Marking/Cutting Gauge, Panel Gauge, Trammel Gauge, Pencil Gauge or a Beam Compass.We have just redesigned our Trammel Points to make them longer so they sit higher and are more helpful when squaring up a drawer, panel etc. and scribing arcs. Marking Gauge System The Rabbet Block Plane is a beautiful tool that is extremely flexible in use. Cast, machined, ground and polished right here in Adelaide Australia. Only the PMA11V blade tool steel is imported.It has superior performance in general block plane work, in precise rebate work due to the bronze cast double mounted fence as well as raised panel work with the optional 22.5 degree fence attachment. The plane comes with a 45 degree fence attachment which turns the tool into a perfect chamfer plane. It is based on the original dimensions of the Sargent No 507. Rabbet Block Plane The new Low Angle Block Plane is a great performer. Made entirely here in Adelaide Australia. There may be some individual block planes with a thicker blade but I do not know of one, certainly none that are manufactured in quantity. The blade has no flex, it keeps perfectly on course due to the flat machined sole and the exclusive heft of the plane. It just keeps on planing.It is now available with exclusive shims that move the blade forward to close up the mouth when you are tackling tearout timber. Low Angle Block Plane We have been manufacturing our Honing Guide for a long time. Cast, machine, polished in Adelaide the only imported component is the UK made sintered bronze bush that we use inside the machined roller bearing.Hundreds of woodworkers use this honing guide which led to many requests for an accessory that allowed shorter blades to be honed. Our new locally machined Extension Accessory allows spokeshave blades, Japanese butt chisels, rebate plane blades (like our blade for the Rabbet Block Plane), shoulder plane blades to be securely held and honed. Honing Guide System

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May 31, 2018

PM-10V Plane Blades

Made in Adelaide. Superior Tool Steel Technology for Australian Hardwoods PM-10V Plane Blades  Powdered Metallurgy Tool Steel is a new era of tool steel from steel mills in Germany & USA. The steel ‘mix’ contains high vanadium carbides. It comes from a process of melting the constituent metals that make up the steel and then mixing them together. Next, they are atomised to make a powder consisting of minutely small particles.The particles are screened to ensure uniformity and then under pressure they are heated to form the tool steel billet.This method produces a tool steel that is extremely uniform with a very fine grained structure.What does this mean to the woodworker?Put simply, this tool steel has higher impact resistance than O1 & A2 tool steel. More importantly it has amazing resistance to abrasion, that is, great wear resistance so your blades stay sharper much longer. Users say over double the time of O1 & A2 steel.The blades sharpen easily to a very keen edge.Our blades are machined, carefully heat treated to the manufacturing mill’s specifications by our metallurgist, surface ground flat and primary bevels prepared for fine honing in Adelaide.Depending on the plane blade model size, our after market blades are 10% to 30% thicker than most giving you a more rigid blade resisting chatter and more weight (heft) in the right spot lowering the centre of gravity.See them here.Made in Adelaide. Copyright © 2018 Henry Eckert Toolworks, All rights reserved.  Want to change how you receive these emails?You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. 

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May 25, 2018

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking – Melbourne’s Best…

2018 Open Day & Hand Tool Event – Melbourne’s best…Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking          I first met Alastair Boell at Melbourne Timber & Woodworking Show, 2006 I think. He was very interested in our tools, he knew all about them, said he already owned quite a few of them.I just wanted to share some of my experiences with Alastair.Passionate hand tool skills and a love for wood…I get the feeling that Alastair is secretly an American disguised as an Australian. He did his significant woodwork education at the world renown North Bennett Street School in Boston Massachusetts. I guess that is where the transformation came. Although, spending 8 years in Japan was also an influence on his design skills.His DNA is North Bennett Street School, USA woodwork teachers & craftsmen, USA hand tools, Shaker furniture (and boxes), black cherry, rock maple & walnut… the list goes on.Every year Alastair would visit our wood show stand and buy more tools for his fledgling woodwork school. He started it in 2007, in Box Hill. Years back I had the idea to bring the Hand Tool Events that Lie-Nielsen ran in the US to Australia.  Alastair was the first to put his hand up to participate.He does have vision, he brought Christopher Schwarz out to Australia to teach in his school. Others have been Tom Fidgen, Hank Tyler, Peter Galbert, Lionel Seibert, and this year, Steve Latta. See his spectacular list of instructors here. Couple years back Alastair ventured off to Pennsylvania USA to buy some wood. Did he ever, a full container load of the most beautiful cherry, maple & walnut you have ever seen. All de-barked by Alastair on site in the US before it was packed & shipped to Oz. Now he owns his own saw mill. Alastair and Jacqueline Boell have built what I think is Melbourne’s best woodwork school over the last 10 years. He once told me the classes he taught personally in an average week, it was a massive amount of hours, day & night, they both deserve success, they have earnt it. Since the original hand tool events Alastair has now incorporated his own Open Days. They are great weekends, full of high quality woodwork advice, tools, demos and like minded enthusiasts. This year it is Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June, 10am to 4pm.                                      It is a must attend weekend, check out the two day program here, dont miss it.David Eckert – Henry Eckert Toolworks – Made in Adelaide Copyright © 2019 Henry Eckert Toolworks, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.  Our mailing address is: Henry Eckert Toolworks20 Coke StreetNorwood, SA  5067AustraliaAdd us to your address book Want to change how you receive these emails?You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. 

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April 26, 2018

Tool Care, Tool Leather & Tool Chest

We’ve all had or seen tools that have deteriorated due to exposure to the elements, mainly moisture. Our Tool Care range gets tools back into top condition and keeps them there. Sandflex Handblocks remove tarnish, rust and oxidation without marking the tools, extremely effective. We use Camellia Oil to keep tools and blades protected against moisture. The Chinese and Japanese have protected their weapons and tools for centuries with Camellia Oil. The beauty is, the oil dries (oxidises) and seals the tool metal. When the tool is used again the oxidised oil removes without leaving anything at all on your workpiece. Our non-toxic & biodegradable, Australian made Tool Polish brings all metals to a lustrous shine. Great for brass, bronze and steel. See our Tool Care range here. Leather tool care products also protect tools and keep them safe. Our Australian & French made leather products include chisel rolls, hand scraper and knife pouches. See them here. The Tool Chest is where we can offer run out products, used workshop, demo, sample and show tools & accessories at reduced prices. Currently we have some very nice Douk Douk knives, an Artifact apron and Boker razors at very special prices. See them here.  

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April 12, 2018

Triple Holdfasts, Drawknives & Glass Stones

They say things often come in threes. Some woodworkers have requested our holdfasts in a set of three for holding long or large workpieces. We now offer a set of three holdfasts. Also new, are three sets of three Shapton glass stones bundles with some savings. We have put together (GS220, GS500 & GS2000) and (GS500, GS2000 & GS4000) and (GS1000, GS4000 & GS8000). Shapton, arguably the best ceramic stones around. You can see them here. For a while we have had a set of 3 drawknives from French maker Arno. Really good drawknives that can take a very keen edge, nice tools. And, Joe and Peter poured some new white bronze castings this week, more later…

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March 26, 2018

Carve a spoon this Easter, an Easter sharpening session, and an Easter gift…

Ray Iles comes from a famous edge tool making family in the U.K. Ray comes from the ‘old school’ so hence makes exceptional reliable and sharp tools. His range of carving tools are perfect for spoon carving. Blades are in O1 tool steel and handles are traditional beech. A great Easter project. See Ray Iles’s range of carving tools here.                So the odd plane(s), chisel(s) and hand scraper are blunt and backing up. Maybe time for a sharpening session this Easter. We say, with a Henry Eckert Honing Guide & Angle Setting Jig that sharpening a plane blade or chisels’s micro or secondary bevel should take less than 8 minutes including removing and reinstalling the blade. Shapton ceramic whetstones complete the sharpening kit. We also say, sharp tools are the secret to enjoying whatever your woodwork project may be. See our sharpening section here. You can also read and download our sharpening instructions here.                    We ship overnight with Startrack Express, so there are three shipping days to make it by Easter. Every order this week will include a complimentary Henry Eckert notebook. We think they are really nice to use, I’m on my fourth. The other three full notebooks are safely stored for reference, they seem to develop into diaries… Happy Easter.  

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March 21, 2018

Arno drawknives available, Douk Douk special, Artifact waist apron…

We have just had a new delivery from France of Arno drawknives. We have four models, 6″ (150mm) in flat, convex & concave and a 10″ flat. These are very well priced for their quality. High carbon steel, they sharpen particularly well. I’ve had mine for a few years, always does the job very well taking very light finishing shavings or deep cuts for initial shaping. They come with a protective leather cover for you and the knife… You can see them here.   We have a special on a few Douk Douk ‘les colors’ knives. Great knives in 3 colours with a stainless 4109 steel blade. Each knife has a small steel to keep them sharp and a leather matching pouch. Made in France. We have a couple of USA Artisan waxed cotton waist aprons, these are the smaller ones that only go as high as your waist, great for bench work. here they are…

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March 11, 2018

HE Ultimate Hand Scraper set, AWR tool test, HE Mortise Chisels

We have combined our complete set of 10 HE Hand Scrapers with the world famous Arno Carbur 2 Carbide burnisher to make the ultimate set for hand scraping requirements. So easy to use to fix those problem tear out patches, much quicker set up and more economical than a scraper plane. All at a very nice saving. All Made in France. See them here. The Henry Eckert Marking Gauge system was recently tested in the latest Australian Wood Review magazine, you can view the test here. We’ve been packing our mortise chisels into their individual boxes, it has been a while since they were first conceived, just great to get them onto shelves.  

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February 8, 2018

Robert Howard – Woodworker, Teacher, Writer, Engineer and some Zen…

I first met Robert Howard at the Brisbane Timber & Working with Wood Show in May 2004. It was my very first show as importer of Lie-Nielsen tools, I was apprehensive, I had no idea what to expect that weekend. I was aware of Bob’s position in the woodworking world from what I had read in Australian Wood Review. On the last day of the show Bob came up to our booth and announced ” this display of Lie-Nielsen tools is the best thing that has happened at this show, and, I want to buy a plane.” It had nothing to do with me, seeing the whole LN range in the flesh for the first time, on display in all their glory, just got him. Bob is a qualified Mechanical Engineer but has spent most of his life carving wood, making furniture  and teaching his students basic and advanced woodwork. I visit to his house reveals an amazing array of woodwork art that is simply breathtaking. The vision for his pieces is exceptional. Here are three of my  favourite Robert Howard carvings. Some may say $30,000 is a lot for a US collector to pay for one of Bob’s bowls. When you see them, you’ll think it is under priced. An amazing amount of time of skilled focused work is required to produce these pieces. Nearly all are hollowed & carved from a solid block of wood. I have to admit, I have leaned on Bob quite a few times to glean information and more importantly, get his opinion. He is a thinking woodworker, he likes new ideas, new tools, new techniques and new solutions to old problems. Hence the Howard Adjuster was born during some ‘Zen time’ in his shop. As Contributing Editor for Australian Wood Review magazine Bob has written a multitude of articles. One that remains with me was written by Bob a while ago titled “Zen Rules For Woodwork”. It was about attitude in the workshop, not your usual AWR story, have a look at it here. I’ve been to Bob’s workshop a few times, it is small, intimate, and perfect. It is all there although I suspect there are times when students need to take a deep breath to allow another to pass. So if you live in Brisbane, or want to take a holiday there, contact Bob here and see if you are lucky enough to get a spot in his school, I can think of no better woodwork experience in this country. You never know, you may make something like Bob has below… “It has been a constant surprise to me over the years, and a source of constant pleasure, that no matter how much I learn about woodwork, there is always more to find and to know.” – Robert Howard. Main photo by Linda Nathan.

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January 17, 2018

New Henry Eckert Shapton Sharpening Kits

We have a couple of new Sharpening Kits , Basic & Deluxe using Shapton Glass Ceramic Whetstones & Henry Eckert Honing Guide Kit.  

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