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funkytwig

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Hi,

I am doing research for a documentary about Toolmaking which is focusing on the few independent toolmakers that still exist, specifically Edge Toolmakers. I have been talking to Justin Iles who is the grandson of Ashley Isles, Ashly Isles Ltd. being one of the few existing traditional Toolmaking Companies.

If anyone knows of any books, websites etc. about traditional toolmaking that would be great. Also I am trying to track anyone who is or was involved in traditional Toolmaking.

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Ben
 

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Are you wanting UK ones or world wide?
Here's some from memory:

UK:-
Ray Iles
Thomas Flinn & Co (saw makers)

UK Plane Makers:
Phil Edwards
Bill Carter
Karl Holtey

Lots more in Canada, USA, Australia?

Rod
 

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Thanks a lot, just to clarify I am looking for UK based Toolmaker companies and people who have been or are toolmakers.

I have come across Ray Isles but there are a couple of places I did not know about. I have also found Timeless Tools in Dunsford.

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Ben
 

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A few more:
Ernest Wright & son
Footprint Tools
Clico Sheffield Tooling
You could ask at Bristol Design, they had tools tools made in the UK

Matt
 

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funkytwig":34jvz324 said:
Thanks a lot, just to clarify I am looking for UK based Toolmaker companies and people who have been or are toolmakers.
You may need to be careful of your jargon; "toolmaker" is applied more specifically to the people who make the tools, jigs, fixtures and machines for production purposes in a factory.

Depending on your age you may remember the regular "toolmaker" strikes at British Leyland.

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Hi Ben,
I finished as a Toolmaker some 14 years or so ago.
I spent my time mostly making jigs and fixtures.
If tools were required they would usually be adapted from existing or standard tooling.

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Don W
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Bristol used to make a range of chisels - I have a few.

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J Malcolm Wild - clock making tools
PP Thornton - clock wheel gear cutters


Rod
 
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