Woodworkers and Asbestos Exposure:

Carpenters face some of the highest risks of asbestos exposure in the construction industry. Other careers that face similar risks include home builders, furniture restorers, roofers, tile setters, and many more. Today, many of these workers, and people doing DIY work on their homes, are still at risk because asbestos lingers in older buildings and equipment.

Verterans and Asbestos Exposure:

Over 30% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma are United States military veterans. Every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces relied on asbestos for decades, not knowing it could cause mesothelioma and other deadly diseases. Today, veterans with mesothelioma can file for VA benefits and legal compensation. 

Resources we use and recommend:

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 long time, and are the only reached for spindle gouge used. Every Czeck Edge tool handle has been shaped by a Thompson. 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 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.

Lee Valley needs no introduction here, they are just an outstanding organization from top to bottom and a pleasure to do business with. They probably have the largest and finest collection of woodworking accessories, hardware and tools on the planet.

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, a fanastic company, they are makers of woodworking hand tools of superior quality and craftsmanship. As a participant in dozens of L-N Hand Tool Events, I can enthusiastically recommend them as a highly educational and worthwhile experience for any hand tool or woodworking enthusiast. 

Hand Tool Resources on the Internet:
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.

This is a great beginners resource that assumes you've never heard of woodworking and takes it from there. Essential tools, safety equipment, shop considerations, and a lot of skill building projects in a building block style format. Very visit worthy.