Contributors to the CTC
Derek Jones, Editor of F&C Mag- Clifton No. 5 Plane
Brian Obst, woodworker- Lee Valley Veritas Scrub Plane
Todd Nebel, woodworker- vintage block plane, marking and measuring tools
Greg Berber, woodworker- various handsaws, vintage chisels, Veritas block plane, a set of waterstones, a marking knife, and a Veritas jointing fence
Get involved with the CTC Project
If interested in donating tools to the CTC or want to know more about the CTC initiative in general, please email Anne using the form below.
The Community Tool Chest is an educational toolchest filled with top quality tools- new, used, and restored antiques that work the way they should. For the past two years, I've been demoing the tools at various woodworking shows, events and in private lessons. I teach people how to use them, discuss their strengths, weaknesses, and what sets them apart from the competition, and allow people to get a chance to just play with really nice tools. The chest now lives in the woodworking studio/education center at Pratt Fine Arts Center. The purpose of the chest is to inspire people to make things with their hands. It is intended to get quality tools into the hands of woodworkers, to preserve the traditional craft of handtool woodwork, to connect beginner woodworkers to a community of more experienced craftsmen and women, and to answer the most common questions for those interested in getting into handtool woodwork: Where do I start? What do I need to get started? At what price point should I buy? What is a quality tool and why is it worth the financial investment? How do I use the tools I have purchased? And, most importantly, Who can I call when I get stuck?
All the tools that have been donated outright will remain in the chest longterm and will be used for educational purposes at Pratt.
The emphasis of the CTC has always been on Community. My original goal with the CTC was to make the woodworking world "smaller." For me personally, it has definitely done that because through it, I've been able to build relationship with some really talented toolmakers who also happen to be incredible people. Many of the donors have not only offered their tools to the Community Toolchest, they’ve also made themselves available for questions from other woodworkers. Because of their generous offer to share their knowledge with the woodworking community at large, the CTC project connects woodworkers who are lacking community in their own areas. It gives them the opportunity to reach out to some of the top woodworkers and toolmakers in the industry. Click here for a list of suggested blog posts, other resources, and a list of who you can call when you get stuck.
The inspiration for the CTC came before I found the Instagram woodworking community. I would get stuck on a woodworking project or frustrated with an improperly working tool and didn't have anyone to call, which lead me to the brink of giving up on woodwork entirely. Now, because I have invested in quality tools, have learned to use and care for them, and I know I always have someone I can call if I get stuck, I feel confident to take on increasingly difficult projects. Each project is now an opportunity to learn and to build confidence, rather than an invitation for discouragement and failure. Having gotten my start in woodwork trying to take a lot of shortcuts and having bought inexpensive (read “cheap, crappy”) tools, I also desire to help beginner woodworkers avoid some of my own mistakes and to encourage them to buy once, buy well, practice often, and never be afraid to ask for help.