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Forum topic by Brit posted 08-09-2019 11:36 PM 488 views 2 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2019 11:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tools vintage tools marples william marples wm marples and sons

I know there are a lot of people on LJs who like to go rust hunting for old tools and then like to try and find out as much as they can about them. I do too. I’m also sure that like me you’ve felt frustrated when you can’t find anything online about the item you’re researching.

We owe a great deal of thanks to the diligent people who collate this invaluable information and share their knowledge and expertise. We probably don’t even consider that most of them pay for their site out of their own pockets.

There are many such sites that aid us in our research, but I would like to bring one such site to your attention which I discovered a few months ago. I emailed the owner in the hope that he would answer a question I had about some marking/mortise gauges that I’d acquired and he was gratious enough to reply straight away and answer my question. The owner (Roger) is a retired Englishman living in Canada and his latest site is documenting the history and tools of what was the biggest tool manufacturing firm in Sheffield, England for over 200 years. William Marples and Sons, Ltd. Because they were so big, I’m sure you can appreciate that this is a massive undertaking which is why it has probably not been attempted before.

As a retired gentleman, Roger is now finding it hard to pay the hosting fees to keep the site going and I have gladly donated some money to help him by way of saying thank you for all his hard work thus far. Roger has loads more information to add to the site about the history and tools made by this important company and personally I think it would be a crying shame if the site had to close down.

Please join the other 8000 visitors per month and have a good look around. Add it to your favourites. I’m sure you’ll agree that Roger is doing a fabulous job. It is easy to see how the site will continue to mature if Roger is able to continue his work.

As a way of saying thank you to Roger, please consider making a small donation. It really is a small price to pay for all the information he is sharing and the effort he is making on our behalf. You can make a donation by emailing Roger at [email protected]. Roger will share his Paypal account with you so you can make your donation in CAD dollars.

Roger cut his teeth on these two sites which you might also like to visit. and so this isn’t his first venture.

From mid-October Roger is looking to move from GoDaddy (who currently host the site) to host it along with his other site To safeguard the site in the future, Roger will begin charging a small fee for access to all the information he is uploading, but anyone who makes a donation will have FREE access to the site for life.

Full disclosure – I have no affiliation with Roger and will not receive a penny of your donation. I just think sites like this are important and deserve our support.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#1 posted 08-10-2019 08:53 AM

Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Will take a look at it.
Hope life is fine and you smile from time to time.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 08-10-2019 11:47 AM

A couple of US based Tool Treasures belong to, yet they freely reach out to any if us willing to peek are.

Patrick A Leach's Blood and Gore also known as The Superior Works.

Patrick’s monthly e-mail which can possibly show you your next acquisition, or keep you abreast of market prices can be obtained in your inbox by sending here... Look for the e-mail me here tab, and ask Patrick to put you on the mailing list.
Plus Patrick is often caught out and about at large tool get togethers. You can’t miss his towering mass

Another person who has a huge tool inventory (several multi thousand sq/ft warehouses at one point) is John Sindelar of traveling tool museum fame.

I have stopped my traveling around to go to tool meets, and Makers rallies, but there was a time John took a part of his show on the road.

Both if these guys have purchased old hand tools by the freight car. I’ve never been to that auction, so I couldn’t begin to consider what type of financial investment that requires.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Don W

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#3 posted 08-10-2019 11:47 PM

Roger need to discover Google adds. My site breaks even. The adds may be a bit distracting, but they pay for the hosting.

I’ve had my site up for several years. I do tons of research. It takes time and yes….. sometimes money. But it’s my hobby. My goal was to build a following to make the hosting a wash. I’m there.

I have a donation button. I’ve received 5 different donations. 3 came from the same donator, who is also an LJ.

My point. Your plea may save a year. So teach a man to fish or something like that.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 08-11-2019 06:33 AM

I had the same thought Don and it is what I would do if I was Roger. I don’t like ads on a site like that, but it does seem to be the only way for it not to eat into your own pocket. You have certainly managed to incorporate ads without them distracting from the website content.

I don’t know how computer savvy Roger is or what his views on Google ads might be, but the thought of all his knowledge going to waste when he is willing and able to share it with the rest of us, didn’t sit right with me so I felt I had to at least let people know.

I might suggest it to him, but it would be difficult for me to ‘teach him to fish’.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 08-11-2019 02:28 PM

Some sites like googles blogger allow free hosting with the caveat that their ads are on the site. But hey its free.

Also, if he has had the site for a while, should check out various hosting providers as prices have come down with all the mew cloud options. A lot of hosting options now for a few dollars a month.

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#6 posted 08-11-2019 09:23 PM

Good to know SMP.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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