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I make Log Building Tools, Oak Framing Tools, Bodgers Tools, Knives and Bespoke Tools including axes, drawknives, chisels, draw pins and a multitude of other tools and devices for the discerning house carpenter and logbuilder.
I provide all that I can for a wide range of craftsmen, who have been having difficulty in finding the hand tool for the job, and I am happy to research a particular tool and to produce it, using either the traditional techniques, or modern methods, saving time and effort. I have travelled extensively in Scandinavia, learning relevant skills with a wide variety of toolsmiths, with many thanks to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for inspiration and support
Click a tool on the left for more information, and if something takes your fancy, here's how to order.
A sturdy tool for cleaving mostly green wood, used with a mallet. Heat treated to suit, made from new spring steel to a tried and tested design.
The Eye is tapered, to allow your handle to be fitted effectively.
Supplied without handle.
Froe 8" - £45 / Froe 10" - £50 / Froe 12" - £50
A temporary pin for use in traditional pegged timber frame building. The pin is used in place of the oak peg during construction and assembly of the frame.
Forged from solid stainless or mild steel bar, and ground to a smooth finish, with a T-handle (useful for knocking out wooden pegs!).
Stainless pins are recommended for green oak that is likely to be getting wet while the pins are in place, as mild steel, water and the oak's tannin will stain the wood.
The stainless pins are more expensive as they are a bugger to forge, as well as the material being pricey.
Other sizes (eg 7/8" , 5/8", 1/2") available on request.
3/4" : £18 in mild steel, £23 in Stainless
1" or 7/8" : £23 in mild steel, £30 in Stainless
Extra long 1" to fit all sizes: £25 in mild steel, £35 in Stainless.
Discounts available for orders of 20 or more.
Framing Pin (Podger)
Used to mark tenons through pre-drilled Mortice holes in Traditional Tmber Frame joints. The tenon is then removed, and drilled where the mark indicates, 3/16” closer to the shoulder than the centre of the peg hole in the mortice. When the joint is re assembled and the peg driven in, the offset holes will cause the shoulder to be forced snugly against the other timber, tightening the joint.
Offset Prickers: 3/4" - £23 / 7/8" - £25 / 1" - £25 / Set of 3 - £70
A Norwegian style curved Drawknife used to remove the bark and to smooth logs prior to Logbuilding. Also suitable for other uses. Approx. 13" blade.
I also make traditional straight drawknives.
Peeling Knife £95 including leather cover
A solid, well built, yard trolley on pneumatic tyres, capable of single handed moving of extremely heavy pieces of timber. A must for the solo framer!
Individually built to suit your own trestle height, and in the colour of your choice.
Works best when 1 to 2 inches below your standard trestle height. Usual heights are 650mm and 700mm.
Timber Framers' Trolley from £425
For holding timber still while hewing (squaring up) and other operations. Length: 800mm or 500mm.
Well-balanced, sturdy and essential tool, effectively a draw gouge, for cleaning up the hollow in the underside of the log. These come with a cutting edge of hardened and tempered carbon steel.
Merknife with sheath: £155
For holding round logs absolutely fast while working on or scribing them.
Puppy Dogs: £18 / Pair
Hand crafted axes, for hewing, shaping and planing. Several styles available, including the Broad Axe and Norfolk Axe. Most styles available in both double bevel and single bevel (side axe) forms. Axes available without handle if preferred.
Mortice (push) axes also available.
Broad Axe: POA
Scythe Peening Anvils
A traditional Alpine tool for sharpening your scythe by hammering the edge against this handy portable anvil, used between the legs.
Scythe Peening Anvil: £48
My complete range of tools includes Socket Chisels, Gouges, Adzes, Froes, Mortice axes, Knives, Race Knives, DrawKnives, Wedges, Viking Axes and Yurt Makers Carrot.
Yurt Makers Carrot - an invaluable tool for burning out the square holes around the Wheel of the yurt. Simply heat one up in the fire and when red hot, push it into the pre-drilled holes around the wheel to give even tapered holes all around. £35 or £60/pair.
Splitting Wedges - for splitting large timbers. Made from soft iron. £25 each
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