| Dear Customer,
This year marks our 30th year in business, and our 19th year
of publishing a gardening catalog separate from that of our woodworking
Despite the tremendous advances in technology over the years,
there just havent been a lot of gardening products that
lent themselves to conversion to digital readouts, attachment
of lasers, or manufacturing tolerances taken to extreme limits,
as has happened throughout the woodworking industry. The changes
in the gardening world have been much more subtle and organic;
better ergonomics, increased product longevity, and improved horticultural
practices have been the order of the day. The main focus in gardening
is still the activity itself, not increasing the precision of
the tools used to do it.
For us, the challenge during this time has been to dig through
the ever-increasing array of gardening products we face each year
to ferret out a reasonable and varied selection for you. This
is a much more difficult task than it seems; where there were
twenty pruners to choose from 30 years ago, there are three hundred
today – a problem not unique to tools. Consider something
as simple as toothpaste; it doesnt seem that long ago that
there were two or three major brands, each offering two flavors,
regular and mint. Today, not only does it seem impossible to buy
the same product two months in a row, but the permutations of
packages, flavors, and formulations seem to increase exponentially
Fortunately for us, each of you has been an ally in separating
the wheat from the chaff by voting with your dollars, giving us
your comments, and directing our sourcing efforts. We rely on
you for much of the feedback that keeps our catalog relevant.
Please keep it coming!
In turn, we promise to keep the lasers at bay, and to continue
to offer real choices.
Robin C. Lee