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Our tools are all forged by hand using traditional tools and techniques. This is a painstaking and time-consuming process, and a labor of love.

Because of a rather unwieldy backlog, I am not taking payments on new orders right now. This is why all my products currently show as sold out.

I am probably at least a year away from beginning any new orders at this time.

We have started a waiting list for orders of ironwork; please read more in the "ordering Options" sidebar.


Holdfasts


Woodworkers use a holdfast to hold work fast to the top (usually) of their benches for those clamping jobs when a vise just doesn't quite do the right thing. A tap on the top of the tool's head and the workpiece is clamped solidly to the bench; a tap on the back springs it free again.

As with all our tools, customization requests are welcome.

Standard Holdfast

Our standard holdfast has a 3/4" shaft which is square in the upper portion and round below a point a little above the level of the pad on the arm of the tool. The overall length is 14" with a 6" reach and about a 4" drop to the arm from the outside corner of the bend to the bottom of the pad.

As with all our tools, customization requests are welcome.

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Mini Roubo Holdfast

Our mini Roubo holdfast is a sized-down version of the holdfast described by Andre Roubo in the 18th century. It is stiffer, stronger and more massive than other holdfasts of the same size, having a heavier head with a square outside corner and fully-rounded inside sweep at the bend.

The 3/4" tool has a shaft which tapers in round cross-section from just over 1" just below the upset corner to about 5/8" at the extreme end; it is intended to hold well in a 3/4" hole. The overall length is 16" with a reach of 8" and about a 6" drop to the arm from the outside corner of the bend to the bottom of the pad.

The 1" tool is just a little larger (about 18" long, 8" reach and 8" drop) and is made to fit a 1" hole.

As with all our tools, customization requests are welcome.

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Custom Variation: Heavy-Duty Holdfast

 

This is an example of a custom variation of the original Roubo holdfast, about the size described by Andre Roubo in the eighteenth century, but with a much lower arch than usual. We made a pair of these for log home builder Walt Jones of Arbor Vitae, WI. His plan was to use them in a horizontal position to brace logs in their stands for finish peeling, hewing, or other work. The low profile was to avoid having the tool project too far out from the log stands, threatening to bruise the hips of the workers walking past.


   Polissoirs               (Burnishers)

 

Please note: Our burnishers usually take 2 weeks or less from time of order to delivery.

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We offer two sizes of burnishers for woodworkers. We have 1" x 4" and  1 -1/4" x 5" burnishers (sizes are approximate). All of our burnishers are handmade from broomcorn. We offer them either unwaxed or prewaxed with beeswax (note: beeswax will need to be reapplied for repeated use).

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