The Best Tool Roll

The Best Tool Roll Yet from Texas Heritage

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Tool Roll

I have more than a dozen tool rolls I’ve bought over the years to store rasps, wrenches, auger bits, carving tools and so on. They are my favorite way to protect edge tools in a tool chest – and they are essential for traveling and site work.

I’ve never bought the same brand of roll twice because I’m always looking for one that is better-made. Yesterday, I think I found it.

Tool Roll

Jason Thigpen of Texas Heritage Woodworks makes far and away the most awesome tool roll I’ve encountered. I purchased one (full price, etc. etc.) for traveling, and I am simply blown away by it. All the seams are stout. All the stress points are riveted. And the leather that holds it all together is supple and strong – almost too nice for a tool roll.

Heck, most of my clothes aren’t made this well.

The rolls come in a variety of colors and fabrics (waxed and unwaxed). I opted for waxed as I end up loading and unloading tools in the rain and snow. Yes, they are more expensive than any other tool roll I’ve encountered, but they are far too cheap for what you get.


Jason makes all the tool rolls from scratch in his Texas shop. He also makes aprons and nice coffee mugs that are ideal for the woodshop (click the link and you’ll see why). I’ve been meaning to try out his shop aprons, but I have yet to wear out the really nice one I bought from Artifact Bags.

Get your order in now at Texas Heritage. It might take a few weeks to get one, but they are worth it.

— Christopher Schwarz

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  • dieselmatt

    Thanks for informing folks about products that aren’t mass produced and sold at big box stores.

  • pernambuco

    A fool with his money is soon parted. What do you give a woodworker who has everything? I’ll get one when I have everything and I mean everything. No, I’ll give that money to the homeless. Mary May uses a tool roll made from an old pair of jeans. I’ll bet her tools are top of the line.

    • Christopher Schwarz
      Christopher Schwarz

      If we don’t support people who make things, then nothing will get made.

      • ncarey

        Exactly so. Old tools can be nice, but I prefer to buy new tools from quality makers — Veritas, Lie-Nielsen, etc.

  • jeberle

    I bought one of their coffee mugs and, while not inexpensive, well worth the cost and should last til I’m worm food.

  • sblanchard1

    Wood Owl envy…

  • bmchan

    One comment – I used a roll to store a sat of carving chisels (sorby’s) And after a year of on-use, I weNt to use them and upon opening the roll I found heavy rust. The roll was stored in my basement. A word to the wise – Include an anti-desiccant Pack or two in your roll or find a dry spot.

    • Fraise

      This is good advice. I’d wipe the tools with jojoba or some such too.

    • ncarey

      If your tools live in a high moisture environment, two things: (1) natural fibers absorb moisture, so don’t store your tools in a cotton canvas tool roll, unless it’s waxed cotton, and (2) Coat your tools with something like camellia oil, anhydrous lanolin or wax. Lanolin is sheep wool grease, naturally waterproof and has a high dielectric value. It’s widely used by yacht rigger for corrosion protection in a harsh saltwater environment. The product I’m familiar with is Lanocote, made by Forespar, though there are plenty of others out there (Prolan, Lanotec, Lanoguard, etc.).

      Boeshield T-9 is another good product. It was developed by Boeing for corrosion protection of airframe components. It consists of waxes dissolved in a solvent carrier. Spray it on, the stuff is thin enough to wick into any cracks, crevices or pits. Let it dry and you have a thin coating of wax.

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