Some years ago when I used to deal in old woodworking tools we used to go to three or four boot fairs before breakfast on a Sunday morning. Our expectation levels were high and quite often we were disappointed and didn’t manage to find anything.
Yesterday we had a rare Sunday off and went to the local boot fair. We paid £2 each to get in early to avoid the riffraff and netted this little lot…
The augers are Ridgeway 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/2″ and cost £3, just a bit of superficial rust removal and a sharpen and they work perfectly. The drawknife is a Sorby Kangaroo and although a bit rusty didn’t look as though it had ever been used – still had the factory grind and hadn’t been honed. The crosscut is in quite good nick and I’m going to have a bash at sharpening it properly. The ladle will come in handy as we want to try casting some lead plugs for priests. The two gouges in the middle of the chisels are Henry Taylor Acorn brand and have never been used.
The yellow stone below the drawknife is very hard like marble and polishes edges although it’s a bit dished – perhaps someone can tell me something about it?
PS The drawknife and the Henry Taylor gouges were just £2!