One of my favorite places for purchasing old tools is located right here in central North Carolina. The store’s name is “Antique Woodworking Tools” and is run by Ed Lebetkin. Ed is very knowledgeable and very friendly. He has a huge array of hand tools in stock. His store is located above Roy Underhill’s Woodwright School and if you sign up to his mailing list he will send you his store schedule. So if you are ever in Chatham County N. C. near Pittsboro, do yourself a favor and stop by his store and you too may leave with some new “olde” toys. Also, Ed does buy as well as sell, so if you have tools you do not need, or want to offer up for store credit, make sure you bring them along as well.
Here is Ed’s Contact Information:
Antique Woodworking Tools
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My wife is awesome! She is the reason I am making this blog entry today. She has given me the inspiration, the time and most of all the encouragement to pursue my passion for woodworking. She has agreed to let me move my workshop from my garage to our office inside the house. This new location has a lot of advantages over my current setup.
First, it has natural light provided by two large east-facing windows, not southern as the optimum, but a great improvement over my florescent light I use in my current garage workshop.
Second, it will be a more comfortable location because my garage is not heated or cooled. The lack of heating is not as big of an advantage as the cooling, the summers here in North Carolina are hot and humid and that is a very challenging environment for hand woodworking.
Third, it is a clean slate and I can design the new space specifically to meet my woodworking needs. My current space is pretty much a random grouping of items I have thrown together to make a workshop. I have learned a bit about how I work and where I like to position my tools and furnishings for optimal efficiency.
The last advantage is that I am planning to install a hardwood floor to help my back while spending joyful hours standing at my workbench.
Come on and join me in this new adventure and watch my new space take shape. Well, I better get started, there’s no time like the present 🙂