I'm out West for the Holidays and will be travelling from Reno to SF
after NewYear's. Are there any outstanding tool sources I can check
out on that drive? I'm especially interested in used tool stores.
I don't know of any used tool stores but there are flea markets
in just about every city and many smaller towns. Find the local
coffee shop and ask a local. They're usually only "open" on
Sat & Sunday but some are open on Friday as well.
In Oakland/Beserkley you can hurt your wallet at Hida Tools
and Japan Woodworker (I think it's Japan Woodworker- check
for their ad in FWW)
Try Misugi Designs as well
In San Francisco try Robert Larson,
You might also do a google search for Bay Area Woodworkers
Association (BAWA) - a member might have more ideas.
And if you're from the northeast or midwest, enjoy the
weather and don't freak out if the ground moves once
in a while. It will stop and by the time you realize
it was an earthquake, whatever was going to happen
already has. No big deal. Now tornadoes and hurricanes,
the anticipation anxiety must be dreadful. To have to deal
with humidity in the summer and snow in the winter ...
Ensure you enjoy the sourdough french bread! We visit the San Joaquin
Valley in central CALIF and bring back 4-6 loaves of the fishermans'
wharf round brown-and-serve during each 500 mile round trip.
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