| Dear Customer,
Its almost impossible to write this letter without acknowledging
the turmoil in the global economy over the past 12 months. In
fact, there has already been a subtle impact on our product offering,
as weve lost a number of long-term suppliers and continue
to struggle to replace many missing products.
I am pleased to report that well be coming out of this
recession with the same number of staff that we went into it with,
having tightened our collective corporate belts in other ways.
Theres nothing like a little adversity to refocus ones
attention, and ours has been focused on expanding our domestic
manufacturing capability and capacity. You will see some of the
results of those efforts in this catalog: the new small shoulder
plane, two new saws, and the tapered tenon cutters, as well as
the surface vise on the facing page.
This is just the start of what will be an excellent year for
new product releases, with more coming at regular intervals through
the fall, and continuing well into spring. Additionally, watch
for enhancements and changes to our website, catalogs, and retail
stores – we've been equally busy on those fronts.
Robin C. Lee