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Mechanical model kits made of natural wood
I love our tool board. It carries the stories of many artists/crafts people over generations. The older tools are so well worn and comfortable after decades of handling and tell us in their own way of all the creations they have contributed to.
Some of them are purpose made, notably those by an eminent engineer called Norman Sanders who designed and built devices for threading surgical needles amongst other extraordinary things. He mentored my father in his transition from wood to metal engineering and then left his tools to him when he died. His tools are very special.
Others were given to Dad by old friends and others have been collected by him over his whole life and others are all shiny and new.
All our prototypes are made by hand with a few basic machines but mainly with these faithful hand tools and traditional techniques as old as the hills.