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Hand tools, coppice products, Forest School kit

I try to make my living by dealing in good quality hand tools, carrying out tool repairs, supplying Forest School equipment, managing woodland for hazel coppice products and firewood, and a bit of gardening and landscaping. I also deliver the occasional short courses on tool maintenance and sharpening. I'm based in the Weald of Sussex and Surrey, where I have a coppice woodland and a modest workshop. If you think that you might need my services please get in touch by email:- my contact link is at the foot of the page.

Each year I attend a number of shows and events in the South East, selling my tools. This is the best way to buy tools from me, as I can give you advice, and you can get the "feel" of items. However I do have some good items available for immediate sale on line - linked from the top of the page. This includes hard to find Sussex blacksmith made billhooks or handbills, good vintage garden tools, and some new old stock augers that are scarce. I may be interested in purchasing your old tools (gardening, forestry, carpentry, joinery, blacksmithing, fencing, agricultural etc.) - please get in touch, tell me what you have, and do feel free to include photos of interesting items. Tradesman's sets of tools, locally made items and unusual tools all particularly intrigue me. As you might expect I don't just buy to sell - I keep rather a lot of tools to use.

If you need your tools re-handled or repaired, I'm one of the few people who will do this. I get enquiries from all over South East, and increasingly from further afield. I'm very happy to discuss your needs and options.

I think it is true to say that I have some Luddite tendencies. No, I don't wreck machines (well, not often, and usually not intentionally, although I do hate printers with a passion) but I do feel that older methods, materials and technologies are often needlessly thrown aside. Built in obsolescence and poor quality in manufacturing make me grumpy - I have christened poorly manufactured items of this kind "instant landfill" : buy it, break it, chuck it - repeat frequently. No user serviceable parts. Who is actually benefiting from this? Tools and machines should be durable and repairable, and a pleasure to use.

Contact me by email. I'll try and respond promptly, but the majority of my work doesn't involve sitting at a computer, so give me a day or so.

For a glance at what I do have a look at my Portfolio gallery.

© Ian Swain 2015

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