| Dear Customer,
As you can see by the letterhead and have been informed in previous
boastful snippets, we did indeed win the design award that we
were hinting at last year in this space. Some of the output of
the design capacity that won it for us is sprinkled about on the
two catalogue pages facing you.
You may wonder why we, as modern manufacturers, so often have
antique tools on our covers. Our patent attorney once commented
that when he does a patent search preparatory to patenting one
of our newly developed products, he often finds that the previous
patents in the field are from the 1800's.
After the great surge in hand tools development in the late 1800's,
most manufacturers turned to power tools or other product lines.
But there is still a close relationship between hand tools being
developed today and the tools of the 1800's. So when we look at
the best way to put a tenon on a chair rung or to cut a wooden
plug, we look at the traditional ways of doing it so that we can
benefit from experience and also not re-invent the wheel.
And even more important than all of the above, it provides an
excuse for continuing to collect interesting old tools like the
ones on the cover.
Leonard G. Lee