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Henry Belanger is an associate editor at Fine Woodworking.
Beautiful work, Brian.
Question for you: how exactly did you go about re-purposing the old utility blade?
Hey Chester --
You'd be surprised how little is required to get a community shop together. I got in touch with Peter from Soulcraft in part because he's a lawyer, and I had assumed you'd have to be one to get past the liability-related hurdles. I was floored to learn that their liability insurance is less than two grand a year. He did say that having a spray booth would up the premium, but it sounds to me like all you need is to have all participants take a safety course and sign a liability waiver, and you're in business.
>>Does this mean the Japan Woodworker will stop selling Lie Nielsen tools?<<
Great question, Tim. That hadn't occurred to me, but there's good reason to wonder. It was Lie-Nielson that pulled out of the Woodcraft relationship, so there's a chance they'd extend that decision to JW; on the other hand, they'd be reaching still fewer customers. I'll be sure to ask the folks at Woodcraft/LN when I follow up next week.
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