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    ToolPost- great whilst it lasted

    For those from further a field, The ToolPost is a shop in Didcot, Oxon that started out, I think, as an online outlet. I was searching for chestnut burnishing cream today anywhere online and with total dismay came across a post announcing the closing down sale due to the downturn.

    Peter Hemsley used to run it and passed it to his son Felix. Never dealt with Felix, but his father was always helpful and appreciated that many people had travelled many miles to give him the business. Craft supplies, gone, Peter Child’s, gone, ToolPost, gone. Not alone I guess, very sad.

    There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)

     
     
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    Firms find it hard to flourish with forums all actively promoting how to save,applying pressure for dealers to act as repositories of millions of parts infrequently sought. The absolute proliferation of pen kits all with their needs,springs etc.Our attitude indeed does not engender confidence to outlay what can be a huge inventory. The days of the specialist answering the phone are diminishing. Loyalties are frail and not bonded.

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    Tool post carried some hard to find and different bits too.... What a shame!
    I wanted to try their small Hamlet chisels too, best get in quick I supose
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Damn..... You snooze you loose..... Might have to go direct to Hamlet craft now..... Mind you Tool posts Web site is not the best to surf, never was really.... Real shame
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Mark,

    Let me tempt you elsewhere! I was never a fan of miniature tools until I stumbled across Tony Isles at a turning show in Scotland. I bought several Ashley Isles tools there and many since, in particular many H60M, 12mm miniature continental spindle gouges. I think they’re fantastic but Everyman to his own, £23,40 handled £19.20 blade only and about a fiver less if you buy them at a show, but little chance of that these days. I would thoroughly recommend these to anyone and if you tried it and didn’t like it I’d buy it off you! I’ve got six that i take to three day craft shows so I don’t have to take my sharpening kit so need more every couple of years.

    12mm 1/2 Mini Continental Gouge [H60M] : Ashley Iles Tool Store
    There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)

     
     
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    Cheers Neil, two ordered..... I trust your judgement
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Shame when these stores close, they are getting fewer and fewer.

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    Dam I forgot they existed - that post cost me, love their tools top quality.

    Shame about tool post. Bad timing as well I have had to order a oneway insert from the US as Tool post was my go to for Oneway parts and they don't have the one I need in stock.
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    Mark,

    Let me tempt you elsewhere! I was never a fan of miniature tools until I stumbled across Tony Isles at a turning show in Scotland. I bought several Ashley Isles tools there and many since, in particular many H60M, 12mm miniature continental spindle gouges. I think they’re fantastic but Everyman to his own, £23,40 handled £19.20 blade only and about a fiver less if you buy them at a show, but little chance of that these days. I would thoroughly recommend these to anyone and if you tried it and didn’t like it I’d buy it off you! I’ve got six that i take to three day craft shows so I don’t have to take my sharpening kit so need more every couple of years.

    12mm 1/2 Mini Continental Gouge [H60M] : Ashley Iles Tool Store

     
     
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    The closure of Toolpost will be a great loss the the turning industry I think. One of the last, great, truly independent houses.
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