That's pretty steep considering the exchange rate is reasonable even.
I'll bet a sizable portion of the amount is for shipping. There must
be a few decent tool manufacturers in Oz. How do their prices compare?
There are some excellent small-scale tool makers over here, however, they
are all relatively expensive.
e.g. Harold and Saxon chisels - $700 plus for a set of six, HNT Gordon
wooden planes - starting at $380.
This nation has a relatively small population, (22 million at present) plus
large distances between population centres, along with a largely unionised
and expensive workforce. Shipping is expensive. Large scale, low cost
manufacture requires that we compete with and export to, the rest of the
world. We cannot. Consequently, local manufacture is expensive.
It is safe to say that all your exports are to overseas markets? <G>
Heh. One of the quirks of being an island nation. I'd imagine that having
that enormous affluent potential market sitting below your southern border
must be a huge plus for Canadian manufacture.
Heh, that or worse in places. Some, on the other hand is first class cattle
country. Fortunately, we do have an abundance of land area, - my state (WA)
almost is almost 4 times the size of Texas ; )
I don't know how old you are, but there is a good chance I was there
before you. 22 million, eh? You think it's empty now ... the population
has exactly doubled since I lived there in the early 60's. :)
Was about 8.5 million when I was born.
How old am I? ...... it depends on which part ..... the body has lots of
creaky joints and doesn't seem to work as good as it used to. The brain, on
the other hand, is convinced that it is perennially 25 years old and the
rest of the body had better get moving and keep up. : )
Kind of strange isn't it? Everywhere else, populations have quadrupled
and more. What's with all these TV shows I've seen where the
Australian man is depicted as spending 90% of his time chasing (and
Since the remaining 10% of the Australian man's time is shown to be
spent by drinking, I'm guessing that he's too drunk when he catches
Either that or most of them have suffered catastrophic personal
injuries by playing Australian rules football.
There's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. The reason we spend so
much time chasing women is so we can have someone to cook and clean and
fetch cold beer. This allows us to focus on the most important things in
life, - eating, drinking, watching football, drinking, fishing, drinking,
shooting, drinking and watching cricket. As a bonus, a really good woman
will also go and earn the money to pay for the beer. There may be something
else she could do, but it escapes me at the moment. ; )
On Sat, 31 Oct 2009 18:09:46 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Havng bought my first Veritas plane a few months ago (the #4 smooth)
and experienced the joys of working with such a truly fine tool, I can
offer you no help, only sympathy. Probably best that you hand your
credit card over to SWMBO while you're still far enough from that
precipice to retain your solvency.
Reply-to address is real
No SWMBO around, which may or may not be a good thing when it comes to
my money, but either way I'm doomed. I'm already looking for ways to
sharpen the damned thing and I haven't even used it yet. Considered
the Lee Valley MKII for $399.00, but I think I'll go with the
Worksharp3000 for $239.00.
As usual when buying some tool, I suffer from the woodworker's chronic
impairment of rationalization. I easily envision using it all sorts
of other places besides the current project I happen to be working
one. Once that happens, I'm doomed to buy something else. Once in
awhile I actually envision that if I was a klutz at building or fixing
things, I might actually be rich.
On 10/31/2009 3:09 PM email@example.com spake thus:
Sorry, no can do. You see, that's the reason we have programs, such as
San Francisco's "Care Not Cash", that give homeless people such as
yourself vouchers for shelter and food. Otherwise, they'd just spend all
that money on tools.
Who needs a junta or a dictatorship when you have a Congress
blowing Wall Street, using the media as a condom?
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