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John Sindelar, who owns the most jaw-dropping, drool-inducing tool collection I’ve ever seen, is bringing a big chunk of it to our Woodworking in America show Oct. 1-3 in Cincinnati.

And here’s the best part: The collection will be displayed (in a traveling trailer) that will be on the floor of the Marketplace. If you are registered for our event, then you will get to tour the collection. No extra charge. Nothing else to register for.

And if you aren’t registered, you can fix that here: We have about 50 slots left for the classes, and some slots still available for the Toolmakers’ Dinner on the Thursday evening before the show opens. The event costs $335 for three full days of classes (more than 80) plus a Marketplace show floor that makes some other woodworking shows look like discarded freight sale (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

If you don’t know who John Sindelar is, you can catch up by reading this article I wrote about his collection for Popular Woodworking. Sindelar is a cabinetmaker in Michigan who has spent a good deal of his adult life , and his personal wealth , building a tool collection that is filled with the rarest of the rare. And he owns some of the most beautiful tools ever made, both ancient and modern.

We’ll have more details soon.

One other cool update: I’ve been informed that Matt Hodgson from Gabardi & Son planes will be displaying his tools in the Marketplace. This is troubling news for the wallets of America.

– Christopher Schwarz

Tool Books You Should Hide From Your Spouse

– “Art of Fine Tools” by Sandor Nagyszalanczy. Yup, Sindelar owns some of these.

“Tools Rare and Ingenious: Celebrating the World’s Most Amazing Tools” by Sandor Nagyszalanczy. And some of these, too.

– “Classic Hand Toolsby Garrett Hack. Ditto.

– “Handplane Essentials” by Christopher Schwarz. He doesn’t own the plane on the cover. I do. Neener neener!

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  • My fave is the hot pink tape measure.

  • Ron

    Just give me an hour with the ones he’s holding (don’t count em’ either).


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