Lee Valley Turns 35
Go behind the scenes at a trailblazing tool company
Synopsis: Take a tour of Lee Valley, home of Veritas tools, and learn the philosophy behind this innovative tool company. Our editors visited the manufacturer’s offices and plant, talked to the founder and current president, and saw firsthand the commitment to quality and innovation that goes into the company and its tools. Learn how a Veritas tool takes shape, from prototype to final product.
Since producing its first tool—a dovetail marker—in 1982, Lee Valley has earned a reputation for designing and manufacturing the most innovative hand tools on the market. The company’s Veritas honing guides, marking gauges, grinding jigs, and bevel-up handplanes, to name just a few, represent evolutionary leaps forward, and have garnered numerous awards from this magazine and others.
I’d always been curious about Lee Valley, and especially about how their Veritas tools are designed and made, so this past summer, on the eve of…