OldTools List – On Becoming a Galoot
I’ve slowly been using more and more hand tools in my woodworking, and discovering that using a properly tuned and sharpened hand tool is actually easier (and more accurate) than using its power counterpart for some operations. Additionally, it tends to be quieter and somewhat safer. Plus, it appeals to my interest in history and old things in general.
As I head down the slippery slope to old-tool user, I found the OldTools email list. This is a great, friendly and informative group of people. I highly recommend joining the group if you enjoy intelligent, moderated discourse about “old tools”…it has rapidly become my favorite on-line woodworking resource. Just be warned, you will need to learn the lingo for the email list. If you are a hand tool user, you will be called a “galoot” (a good thing)….your power tools are “tailed demons” and your hand tools are “untailed”…among other list-isms.
Don’t worry, I’m not giving up my power tools, just adding to the arsenal.