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1986/87 Catalog Cover   1986/87 Woodworking Customer Letter
 
Print Catalog Cover
 
Dear Customer,

As I look back at last year's letter, I wince when I read the comments about not troubling you with details of international currency changes. The Canadian dollar has been ravaged in the last year. The cost of Japanese products has gone up nearly 60% because of exchange rates, Swiss 50% and German 42%. Others have been in a similar range. Only the British pound has remained within sight.

The increasing availability of good Canadian products partially insulates us from these changes. More and more Canadian craftsmen, designers and toolmakers are getting involved in this business every year. The bodger's froe and carver's drawknife are two examples of this; both are made by a Canadian smith. To concentrate our own efforts in manufacturing, we have incorporated Lee Valley Manufacturing Ltd. which will make and sell products to us as well as to foreign buyers.

Coming up in the next year are more finishing products, more hardware, more new tools and (the first time for us) a competition — "The Great Canadian Birdhouse Contest". Some details are given on page 191, where we ask for your input so that we can all have a bit of fun with this.

To get you in the competitive spirit, we will send Lee Valley T-shirts to the first ten people from each province and territory who can find a small, pink pig waving to them from somewhere on these august pages.

Yours Sincerely,

Leonard G. Lee
President

 
 


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