| Dear Customer,
As this letter is being written, the Canadian dollar is riding
off madly in all directions at once. It's down against the U.S.
dollar but up against the British pound. It appears to be starting
a long-overdue slide against the Japanese yen but is holding up
on the continent. The net result is that we have a few price increases,
a few decreases and many prices remaining the same. We hope to
hold our prices for the next 12 months without change.
We have many new products in this catalogue. We are proudest
of the Paragon planes on the facing page. A lot of time, thought
and effort went into these planes and we hope that these are only
the first of a line of high quality hand planes that we will be
developing over the next few years. Unfortunately we did not win
anything in the recent National Patronage Lottery so development
will have to be financed from money we earn. This will slow us
down a bit.
There are some excellent additions to our finishing section.
We have added a range of prepared waxes as well as the key blending
waxes — carnauba, beeswax and ceresine — for those of
you who want to blend your own. These complement the new finishing
abrasives in this section.
We have some interesting new project supplies including a wide
range of circular decorative tile for turners and router fans.
They are excellent raw material for Christmas presents.
There are other new products sprinkled throughout the catalogue.
Two of my favourites are the cornering tools in the "Late
Additions" section (so-called because we didn't have time
to put these items in their proper places elsewhere). These tools
will put a perfect radius on the corner of a board in seconds.
They are inexpensive and effective — a great combination.
If the flesh doesn't weaken, we will be sending out our new hardware
catalogue shortly, then books, then a Christmas supplement, then
there are several hundred boxes of antique hardware to open and
Leonard G. Lee