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    I just got feedback from Garrett who watched me sharpen, saw my 1 chisel with an issue and advised me. I sent him pictures yesterday . He thought I kept my stones flat and knew what I was doing and said there was a problem with my chisels when manufactured. Although he did not suggest this, perhaps I made things worse because I did not deal with the problem as some advised but for what I paid for those chisels I expect to not have to deal with a problem.
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    Lead on John Strawn :

    There's a John Strawn in Phoenix, Arizona.
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    I'm "Mr. Mom" to a 14 year old and 11 year old, both in new braces - my shop time has vanished.

    I wish to encourage generous souls like yourself.
    Some of us are grateful for your efforts, on our behalf. The endless rehash of essential topics is a natural cycle in open forums.

    It's why people like me move on.

    Best regards,
    Jim in "Starrett country"
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    Kudos on your sharpening post. You're more patient than most. In large part this endless wrangle is why I no longer openly engage in fora.

    The excellence of your furniture should end pointless whinging about what obviously works.

    FWIW - my copy of Leonard Lee's sharpening guidance stands the test of time.

    All the best to you and yours,
    Jim from Massachusetts USA
  5. Derek, I keep reading that you've written a review of at least some Veritas bench planes (maybe LN's too?), but I've yet to see a link and it doesn't appear to be in the Rwviews stickie. Where might I find it?
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    The prototypes still had LN casting marks on them, it was a simple betrayal by the Woodcraft management. When I learned the sordid truth of this from one of the LN staff, I was outraged. That product line lent credibility to the Woodcraft name. Now, they're a nicer version of Harbor Freight.

    This sort of malfeasance should be exposed for what it is, but large companies have legal staff to punish small challengers.
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    Thank you for the links to shooting boards. I find them to be very informative. I agree the the Lee Valley LA jack makes a good shooting plane. I've added a hot dog handle to my list of things to do.
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    Derek, so sorry to hear you feel the need to change the way you were doing the great reviews on tools from Lee Valley and others. I guess people can so small minded at times. With regards to certain recent "plane" posts, look at it this way, at least you have a whole career of experience dealing with "children" to draw from. The rest of us aren't as lucky! Thanks again for all your hard, honest work. Callan Campbell
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