| Dear Customer,
It is said that Mozart, as a child, used to worry that all possible
combinations of musical notes would have been tried by other composers
before he was able to reach his stride. If he had been more of
a mathematician, he would have realized that his fears were groundless.
It is similar at Lee Valley. Each year we wonder how we can possibly
find enough new product to freshen the catalogue and keep you
coming back. This, too, seems to be a groundless concern. We find
new products in the most unexpected places and in addition to
all the new items you will see in this catalogue, there is a product
development list of more than 50 items at Veritas Tools, our manufacturing
Products you don't see in this catalogue, but that are just over
the horizon, include a micro-adjust router table fence, a double-edged
flush-cut saw, a small and graceful 5 oz. claw hammer, a Victorian-style
cast-iron workbench base
and so it goes. Do you hear the
violins in the background? Do you feel your resolve slipping?
I hope so.
Leonard G. Lee
P.S. The Canadian dollar has taken a beating again this past
year. At the worst it was down 5% against the British pound, between
12% and 19% against other main European currencies, and a full
20% against the Japanese yen. As this letter is being written
in early August, it has regained a bit of strength, but we still
had to build some of the depreciation into our prices.