Forgot to answer the plane point too - the edge trimming block plane is by
far and away our least competitively priced plane ....so much so that a few
months ago I asked our R&D department to redesign/remanufacture it - using
ductile iron instead of bronze, and with a goal of improving the
ergonomics/performance, and lowering the retail price by at least 1/3. We
have other planes/products on the go right now which make this a lower
I purchased your DVD this year on sharpening tools and want to thank you for
an inexpensive and excellent tutorial. I used your techniques to sharpen my
first set of chisels and was very happy that with only a little elbow grease
and a couple of inexpensive water stones I could get a razor sharp edge. I
used them to chisel out parts of my oak flooring this summer for a
renovation in my home and hope to use them for some real woodworking this
winter. You have a wonderful store,website and catalogue, which my
Father-in-law drools over, and I hope you keep up the excellent work. You
have some of the best products around. Thank you.
From a newbie woodworker in Edmonton,
Thanks for the compliment - I'll pass a copy of your post to Leonard Lee, so
he can see your comments about the video! I'll also mention that you're
lucky to have, in Edmonton, one of the first 10 or so non-family
employees...Linda, who manages the store!
John, thanks for posting this. I have had little dealing with Lee
Valley, but reading the surrounding posts re their customer service
(and the need to understand sharpening) prompted me to order this DVD.
I suppose it's too much to hope for that there's any risque Canadian
action in it, eh?
Risq eh :)
Nope, Mr. Lee himself does the video presentation for the DVDf rom his home.
He is Polite and matter of fact throughout. Shows you what you need to know
without any hoopla.
I enjoyed the content. Hard to dismiss good teaching. Makes it look easy
and that's why I liked it. I was able to directly go to my tools and
replicate what I saw without any muss or fuss. Of course it did help that I
already had the Veritas Sharpening system. ;) I dont have a turning lathe
as of yet but the section on turning knives really made it look easy to
maintain your stuff.
I also want to say that our local store is staffed with knowledgeable
people, who work with most of the tools they sell. This is a bonus if you
are new to the Woodworking hobby. I have purchased many items from this
store, mostly for my father in law, and have not had any problems to report.
When I purchased the Lee Vally push mower this summer the salesman took it
apart and showed me how to set it up and demonstrated how to sharpen the
turning blades. Now that's service!!! Not something you get at HD or
House of tools. I have no affiliation with this company by the way, just a
very satisfied customer. They hold woodworking seminars throughout the year
and give excellent advice. One sale person even gave me the name of a local
customer who sells lumber at lower cost than most of the Shops around here.
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