Resources we use and recommend:
Wood Artistry / Lap Sharp. Don Naples is an accomplished woodworker and the man behind the Lap Sharp. We use one daily in our shop and it is a flawless performer. Highly recommended.
Caswell has had a solid reputation in metal finishes for decades. We use their products exclusively to produce our tools. Reasonable prices, quick shipping and wonderful customer service.
Thompson Lathe Tools have been in our shop for a short time, but are quickly becoming the most reached for spindle gouge used. They made from CPM 10V tool steel and have a lot of metal below the flutes for extended reach without chatter. Excellent edge retention as well.
Hand Tool Manufacturers:
Benchcrafted produces the smoothest and most secure acting wagon vise on the market and has recently introduced the 'Glide' leg vise with identical operational features. Benchcrafted also manufactures the MagBlok which is arguably the best magnetic knife holder being made today and is used in kitchens worldwide.
Ron Brese is an accomplished period furniture maker who is now focusing his efforts on infill hand plane manufacture. Ron brings a fresh perspective to traditional infill plane production along with his engineering back ground and extensive metal working experience.
Jim Leamy specializes in plow planes and mitre planes manufactured in the traditional style. Few are making plow planes these days and Jim is among the best there are. Pictures cannot adequately capture the details Jim puts into these tools.
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks - makers of woodworking handtools of superior quality and craftsmanship.
Philip Marcou elegantly fuses traditional hand plane design with modern performance enhancements. The S15A bevel up smoother is a classic representation of this concept in addition to the M12 dedicated miter plane. I have had the pleasure of using the latter and at almost nine pounds, it fears no mitering assignment.
Mike Wenzloff is a veteran of the Pacific Northwest timber industry and an accomplished custom furniture maker. This practical experience is reflected in the outstanding hand saws his company produces today from dove tail saws to full size taper ground hand saws.
Hand Tool Resources on the Internet:
One of the best woodworking content sites out there in podcast format is Matt's Basement Workshop Podcast. Listen to Matt on your way to work in the AM and arrive with a smile and a positive attitude to get your day off to a great start!
Al Navas is a very talented woodworking craftsman who blends both modern power tools and traditional hand tools and techniques to produce exceptional furniture compositions. He somehow finds the time maintain an excellent blog, updated almost daily with a generous amount of project work captured with professional level photography and video composition as well. Don't miss this one!
Cian Perez maintains a huge repository of ww’g and hand tool information as well as a number of respected sources. A great resource for the novice and expert alike. Definitely worth a visit.
Luke Townsley’s site with some great how–to content and a good index of hand tool resources and sources. Recommended.