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Dowd’s Tools – Austin

Posted by is9582 on August 7, 2015 with 2 Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , ,

Last weekend we went down to Craft Pride, located at 61 Rainey Street in Austin TX, to see our good friends Lynn and Tracy Dowd, who were having their Dowd’s Tools event. They always have a large range of tools, and I almost always find something that must follow me home. While each event is obviously different, since the tools they sell are antiques, or at least used. Lynn and Tracy also have to decide what portion of their tools to carry along to each event, so if you are looking for something specific, contact them directly as they very well may have it.  Their contact information is:

Lynn & Tracy
Dowd’s Vintage & Antique Tools
Garland, Texas
972-271-8665

 

I took a few photos at their event, as well as some of the items I procured. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots with Tracy in them.

Dowd's sign on its tripod.

Dowd’s sign on its tripod.

 

More tools and some nice Stanley planes.

More tools and some nice Stanley planes.

 

One of many tool chests, along with mingling patrons.

One of many tool chests, along with mingling patrons.

 

Lynn (on the right) and others at event.

Lynn (on the right) and others at event.

 

Some wooden hand planes.

Some wooden hand planes.

 

A range of saws, from panel to back saws.

A range of saws, from panel to back saws.

 

And now for some of the cool tools that “followed me home”:

 

Cool old Piano wire cutter, which I plan to test on guitar fret wire.

Cool old Piano wire cutter, which I plan to test on guitar fret wire.

 

Saw tooth jointer, used to level the teeth, prior to filing for sharpening.

Saw tooth jointer, used to level the teeth, prior to filing for sharpening.

 

Nice old Buck Brothers chisel, with super narrow shoulders, which almost come to a point.

Nice old Buck Brothers chisel, with super narrow shoulders, which almost come to a point.

 

Starrett adjustable setup block.

Starrett adjustable setup block.

 

If you have the opportunity, either go to one of their events around Texas, or stop by the HQ, in Garland. They are great people and always have some cool stuff.

 

Oh, and here is info on their upcoming event:

THE URBAN FLEA
Outdoor Vintage Market
701 Avenue A
Garland, Texas 75040
(Located directly behind RESURRECTED DESIGNS at 701 Avenue A in downtown Garland just one block off the square.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH
10 AM – 5 PM

 

Thanks as always for checking out my article. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

 

Lee Laird

 

Cool trip to Abilene TX

Posted by is9582 on September 28, 2014 with No Commentsas , , ,

This blog is a bit of a departure from my fairly normal woodworking focus, but I think we sometimes forget to explore the area outside our major cities. Don’t forget they can have wonderful finds.

We just got back from a fun little jaunt up to Abilene, where they had an interesting balloon festival, and shops and stores that felt like we’d dropped back into the 1970’s, if not earlier. We went to all of the antique stores and found some cool items that we just couldn’t leave behind. Another really neat find was Vleta’s candy shop, where we picked up a variety of really tasty candies. If you’re ever in Abilene, you really should check it out.  Oh, one last thing that was too much of a last-minute thought, was to drive past Dyess Air Force Base, to see some of their planes on the ground. We got to see a couple, and even though it wasn’t as many as I’d hoped for, I always love seeing our country’s flying/fighting machines. I’ll just need to make sure I actually plan for this activity for our next excursion.

Early on Saturday I decided to check the weather between Abilene and home, so I’d know what to expect and determine whether a night-time drive was a good idea. Well, I was glad I did, as there was some significant predictions of weather through the driving areas. As it turned out, we were able to make the full trip without any weather related issues. We did have one cool weather-related occurrence (photo below), in the form of sun/cloud interactions.

 

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I hope this inspires everyone to check out areas that you’ve either not ever seen before, or perhaps those that may just barely hold a place as a memory.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know if you have any thoughts or comments.

Cheers,

Lee Laird