| Dear Customer,
As this letter is being written in late July, we are in the 32nd
day of a postal strike with no hope of early resolution. For most
of you it has been an inconvenience at least, or economic hardship
at worst. We are preparing our fall catalogue in the hope that
we can get it to you when it comes off the press in mid-September.
Meanwhile we are doing what we can to supply those of you who
still get in touch. For future reference when we have postal disruptions,
please phone in your order. We can get packages to almost anywhere
in the country without using parcel post. You may have to have
it sent to a friend in a large centre for later pick-up, but we
would like the chance to try to get it to you.
Each year we try to give you some indication of what can be expected
in prices. It is always partly guesswork and not always on target.
Last year we said that we would try to hold prices until some
time in 1981. We held them for a full year. During that year the
Canadian dollar fell vis-a-vis the U.S. dollar but rose against
some other currencies. As a result, we should have increased some
prices and dropped others. Instead, we held off until this catalogue
to make all the changes. On average, the prices are a bit higher
although some went down. In these cases, currency changes more
than offset price increases. We again hope to be able to hold
these prices right through until September '82 but can only promise
early '82 for sure.
We will have moved to larger quarters by the time you read this.
Effective September 1st, we will be at 2680 Queensview Drive.
If you come to Ottawa, it is easy to get to our store from any
point in the city since we are just off the main East-West Expressway.
For those of you who have asked about the repairs to the old
stag carving which was on our 1980 catalogue cover, we are showing
it on our current cover with its new rack carved from solid maple
by Dave Coughlin of Ottawa. He did a beautiful job. The tool chest
(which was made about 1900 by a cabinetmaker for Steinway Piano
in Toronto) and the Marples "Ultimatum" brace are from
the collection of Dick Withington of Ottawa. The Mathieson mitre
plane was loaned to us by Peter Gaby, owner of Churchill Antiques,
282 Somerset Ave. Ottawa. The boxwood and beech plough plane and
the ebony and brass marking gauge are from our own collection.
Our catalogue became too large this year to include books. We
will be mailing a separate book catalogue to you in a few weeks.
It will have a good selection of new books as well as the traditional
Our best wishes to all of you for the coming year. We look forward
to seeing those of you who can get to our showroom and hearing
from those of you who can't.
Leonard G. Lee