I have various jobs coming up that require a reasonably good quality spokeshave, you know them things what you drag along a piece of timber and get a fine sliver of timber with each cut. Good tools to use when the timber is not straight. So.....
I go into store No. 1 and cruise around the hand tool section, no luck, so i bail up the store assistant and ask. I get a blank look and the comment "never heard of that tool", with that he turns his back and ignores me. I walked out shaking my head. Then.....
I go to store No.2 and ask straight away, knowing that I'm not going to find one alone. The Manager of this store tells me that they do not stock exotic, ╦XOTIC" tools. Since when have spokeshaves become an exotic tool. I thought they were a basic part of any cabinetmakers tool box.
I ended up getting one at another hardware store. Maybe, It's a sign I'm getting on in years, but, I thought hand tools like this were basic to woodwork, not in this town.
No bloody wonder, basic skills are disappearing these days when you cant even get the tools to practice. I'm not talking about the pieces of jewelry sold out of the back pages of our host magazine, just a basic stanley.
My daddy had six of the mongrel things. My older brother inherited all of the old mans tools and then sold them for a pittance at a yard sale, an action for which, upon our next meeting, I will break his jaw. I have already warned him.
End of Rant