| Dear Customer,
A quick count indicates that we have mailed 16 main catalogues
and 71 seasonal catalogues since our first mailing in 1978. So,
for the 88th time, here is another catalogue!
You will note below that another store has been added to the
Lee Valley chain, this one in Calgary. If you happen to be in
Calgary any one of the four days from Sept. 29th to Oct. 2nd,
1993, I will cheerfully sharpen a chisel or plane blade for you
— not a box full of them, just one! There will be all sorts
of sale specials that week and the next, as well as draws for
gift certificates, and other rituals of an official store opening.
Do come by.
I am temped to disclose that both Lee Valley and Veritas Tools
(our sister company) are finalists in a major business awards
competition. But I won't because, unfortunately, we are sworn
to secrecy about naming the competition or the fact that we are
finalists in it. We'll brag about it as soon as bragging is allowed.
Meanwhile, I am sure that we can get away with a few broad hints.
And finally, we have six new Veritas products in this catalogue.
My favourites are the Scraper Holder (page 23) and the Beading
Tool (page 19). All of our new products were shown at the National
Hardware Show in Chicago in August and received good reviews.
The Scraper Holder was the star of the show. Any number of woodworking
magazines prodded it, poked it, and photographed it. The Beading
Tool attracted a smaller but equally avid group of fans. For anyone
doing reeding, fluting, or cockbeads, nothing can touch it.
I will quit now because this is beginning to sound like one of
those nauseous Christmas letters where the sender's family life
is idyllic an all the children have become neurosurgeons. The
best of luck in your woodworking and I hope that you always get
your clamps adjusted before your glue sets.
Leonard G. Lee