The other day I was replacing my Nicholson 6″ half round bastard file [which I go through about every two months] and noticed that the new one looked a little different…and found that it is now made in Brazil!
Nicholson files were made in Providence RI up until 1972 then bought by Copper Hand tools, who continued to have the files made in the USA. These files are favored by craftspeople from all over. This was one of my favorite tools and it worked very well. I guess the Brazilian one works fine too, but it still made me upset and I called Cooper Tool to complain. I told them that I know that is too late to bring this tool back, but if they could re-consider this for any future decisions. I said the file is still the same price [$12], but I would be glad to pay twice to keep it made in the USA.
I went through the trouble to contact them because several months ago this same thing happened with my Starrett holes saws [another New England Company]. I went to install a new saw and see on the box “Starrett CO LTD China” which used to say “Starrett CO Athol, MA.” I never called them. I just found another brand that is made in the USA [Lennox].
I will do the same for the files. I think my Grobet files are still USA made, but I need to look into it. They are definitely good though.
My powder coating oven blew out some bulbs again! I had been meaning to buy a new heating system for it and completely re-build the whole thing. But never did, because it kept working and there are many bikes to build. The old system has a short too and I was concerned about getting zapped [in a big bad way]. I got buzzed a few months ago and really wanted to get going on this, but NAHBS, orders etc…got to work;) So I am glad that it destroyed itself to force me to buy a new system and spend a lot of time re-building it. I was up until midnight last night doing the final test on it. I am now happy to have a good working and safe oven! This put a big hold on everything, but now back in business.
My friend/customer Steve loaned me his wife’s camera [doe’s she know?]…all well he bought hersome socks;) It was very nice of him and I finially read the manual and downloaded the software. It is a nice tiny Canon and was better than my Fuji. This helps me a lot, because I had to deal with my oven [$450.00] and will give me some time to find a new one.
I am thinking of staying with the point and shoot camera like the Canon G10
This would be a somewhat low cost set up with a good lens. I know getting a good SLR would be best, but those are like $1,000 and would take me some time to learn how to use them. I am sure I will get some advice on this;)
Ok..oven fixed, blog updated…back to making bikes:)