Next weekend (4th & 5th June) is an opportunity to visit a small and rather special show for those interested in hand tool woodworking.
It’s held in Market Harborough, UK, at the workshop of traditional joiner Richard Arnold. This is the third year that Richard has been so generous with his time and energy and has turned his workshop open to visitors.
The event is a great place to pick up old hand tools, and you can also donate something yourself. It’s all about raising money for Macmillan Cancer Nurses, so whilst there’s no ticket price you’ll get to donate your cash in exchange for tools, and delicious home made cakes.
Along with great company you’ll get to admire Arnold’s expansive collection of 18th century hand tools, and I understand he’s also donating a beautiful early 18th century moulding plane, which you can bid for through an auction.
This is a great community event rather than a commercial one, but there’ll be some of Britain’s finest tool makers there, including Oliver Sparks, whose workshop is conveniently located next door and will be open for you to have a peek. Skelton Saws will also be there so you’ll be able to pick his brain on anything saw related, and legendary plane maker Bill Carter is going along with wife Sarah (whose cakes are equally legendary.)
It’s a Saturday and Sunday event, we’ll definitely be there on the Saturday.
If you are thinking of going along it would be a big help if you could give Mr Arnold a head’s up so he has an idea of numbers. For info and address details email firstname.lastname@example.org