Hi all. The UK has such a rich history of craft, art, and tool making and I always look forward to visiting such a delightful people and place. I am coming to the UK and Ireland in late May/early June 2019 and always try to pick up a few older hand woodworking tools every time I visit. I have had excellent luck in the past with street dealers at the Portobello Rd. and Bermondsey Markets in London but was hoping that the readers of this forum might have some suggestions for other sources. We are going to start in London making coastal stops (it’s a cruise) around Britain, Ireland, and Le Havre. My opportunities for travel outside of the port areas will probably be pretty limited except while in London. I realize there are specialty dealers doing business on the internet and through eBay but I prefer to buy directly from an owner or local dealer. That allows me to possibly get some of the history of the tool and I can relive the experience of travel each time I bring the tool out and put it to use. For me there is nothing quite like remembering the wonderful experiences in Oxford or Lucerne when I use some of my carving tools, or London when I am using my Record planes, coffin smoother, or dovetail saw. My interest is in user tools, not the high end collectables. Because I am traveling, I would be limited to smaller tools such as chisels, small back saws, shorter planes and similar items. Any broadaxes are probably out of the question unless you know of a good way to ship them back to the states. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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