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1985/86 Catalog Cover   1985/86 Woodworking Customer Letter
 
Print Catalog Cover
 
Dear Customer,

Looking back over previous letters to you, a common theme was the possibility of a mid-year price increase, something we have not had to do for years. It is impossible to guess what is going to happen with international currencies and the nature of our buying pattern makes it impossible to hedge so we are no longer going to bore you with the subject or exercise ourselves about it.

More to the point, we are insulating ourselves from currency changes by doing more manufacturing in Canada every year as we increase our product development activity. The honing guide on the facing page is 100% Canadian, from the design to the final finishing. We are proud of the fact that a world class product like this can be made here and sold worldwide.

For your interest, the main body of the jig is cast and machined in British Columbia from aluminum and zinc smelted in Canada. The roller, cam, pin and knobs are machined from Canadian steel in small shops in Brockville and Ottawa. The angle-jig is machined from aluminum smelted, rolled, extruded, machined and finished in Canada. Every year, we have more Canadian products, everything from Nova Scotia fish glue to Alberta carpenter's aprons. This may be small change in the overall scheme of things, but we are proud of Canadian development in this industry.

Among many products we have under development are a small carver's drawknife, another plane and a wet grinder. We hope to have at least two of these ready by Christmas.

And now, before someone sends in a reminder that we still haven't catalogued all that antique hardware mentioned in last year's letter, we will get on with it.

Yours Sincerely,

Leonard G. Lee
President

 
 


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