There seem to be two different types of comment boxes on Blogger blogs.
The ones which appear like this I have no trouble leaving a comment on...
But the ones that look like this...
Anyone else experience similar problems or is it just me?
Anyway Sean Hellman's blog is one that I can't comment on and he made a post on Thursday - "Quality Tools - Cheap Axe" - this is my comment.
I'm going to be running courses at our Greenwood Camp this year for up to four people at a time so am looking to buy some more tools especially lathe tools - spindle gouges, skews etc. I asked for a quote from Ashley Iles and they came back with £180. I looked round on the web at various other tool suppliers - Axminster etc - and found I could get the same tools for just over £100.
Now Ashley Iles is a family run company based in Lincolnshire and their tools are "Forged, ground and tempered by timeserved craftsmen using the traditional methods of the golden age of tool making." The other tools are, I suspect, made in China (as Sean's axe most certainly is). It's a bit like buying locally produced, organic food or "buy-one-get-one-free" Polish chickens from Tesco. I've got nothing against the Chinese (except perhaps their human rights record and exploitation of workers) or the Poles but I think I will be buying British and supporting our economy and our craftsmen.