New Tools For Profit?
If you read my other post on the Old Tools Sub-Forum, you will see that I am considering taking in old sentimental tools and rebuilding them to their former glory. This would be for some profit of course...
Now what do you guys and gals think about making new tools? Its interesting because at work if we need a tool to make something, we make it. This might be for a carpenter, mechanic or machinist...we are just a company that gets by with the motto that if you need it,take the time to make it. Very seldom to we get tools to do a job...we just make them ourselves. That is a long way of saying, I call myself a machinist, but really am a toolmaker.
Now at work I don't just make boat parts. I make floating jewlery,so I know the ins and outs of making things look absolutely stunning. I have all these ideas on how to improve tools and make old planes not only beautiful, but alot more functional. The problem is, building these tools takes time. And time is always money.
Do you think there is a market for this kind of thing? Do you think other woodworkers would be willing to pay high, high prices for one-off, custom made tools?
What I would really like to do is work with woodworkers one on one and build custom tools taylored to exactly what they do. They did this a little at Lie Nielsen but I would like to go all out, working with a woodworker on a one on one basis and build something super functional,and even more stunning. I just don't know if there is a market for such high-end, custom tooling?
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"