The Polisher – Lynn McMurray
Lynn knows that opening up a box with a new tool in it is a special moment for any woodworker, so she wants to make sure that moment doesn't disappoint
Every July, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks holds an open house at its factory in Warren, Maine. Woodworkers from all over come to try out tons of tools both new and old while engaging in some top-notch woodworking fellowship. A fan favorite of the open house is the factory tour, and a chance to listen to Lynn McMurray in the polishing shop.
In 2017, when I first walked into the polishing shop I was immediately taken with Lynn. When my group entered the room she greeted us with a smile, and set forth explaining what they do. After explaining the “how,” she explained the “why.” Too often woodworkers concentrate on the how. For Lynn, it’s all about the why, and that’s what makes her special.
Why does Lynn want every tool to be perfect? Because you’re spending a pretty good chunk of change, and she knows you worked hard to earn that money, so she’s going to work hard for you. Lynn knows that opening up a box with a new tool in it is a special moment for any woodworker, so she wants to make sure that moment doesn’t disappoint.
When Lynn was done talking to the group, I asked if I could take a photo. She gave a smile that outshined every Lie-Nielsen 66 in the room, and I asked if I could come back to make a video telling our readers about her. Lynn’s passion affected me that day, and I think about her and what she strives for every time I pick up my Lie-Nielsen Boggs spokeshave. I hope this video captures a bit of what I felt that day. If it does, you too will think of Lynn next time you pick up a Lie-Nielsen tool.