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    An interesting shop tour

    No, not my shop. My wife and I dropped in at a nice old tool company in Athol MA, and asked if we could have a factory tour. Within a few minutes, a fine young toolmaker came down and gave us a personal tour of the whole factory. We got to go among the equipment and workers. I nearly drooled on the floor when I saw all their nice tools boxed up. Should any of you get to Athol, [try saying that name out loud] I'd urge you to allow time for a visit. Our guide told us that it seems a lot of woodworkers come and ask for a tour. And here's a picture of the place - sorry but no photography was allowed inside.

    The waterway will supply about 25% of their electricity needs as soon as their hydroelectric unit is back on line.

    You'll know the company when you see the picture....
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    I gots a few of those tools. Knew the name from the town, sounds like a great tour.
    Darren

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    Not too, too far from me. I'd love to check it out
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Very cool. Ken. I'd love to tour a place like that.
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    workingwoods.com

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    Did you make it to their blem sales? That's right, they sell tools that are 100% functional but have a spot, ding or chip that prevents them being sold at retail.
    Dan Gonzales
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    +1 one on the tour. I have one of their tools and boy its accurate and has remained so despite my young son working it back and forth. Have it out on loan to a good friend of mine that is doing his crown mouldings.

    If you ever need a mitre gauge that works to measure those builders real angles before you cut this is it. Prett foolproof and childproof.

    I envy you on the tour their Ken. Great looking building too.

    One thing it goes to show is that if the owners wish they still can make fine tools in the USA with USA labor and material. All a matter of outlook and attitude imho.
    cheers

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    Dan, I didn't know about that. No one mentioned it. I didn't see anything for sale though.

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