In 1888, all colonial capitals except Adelaide celebrated 'Anniversary Day'. In 1910, South Australia adopted Australia Day, followed by Victoria in 1931. By 1935, all states of Australia were celebrating 26 January as Australia Day (although it was still known as Anniversary Day in New South Wales).
Whatever we call it - it is our 4th of July, our Bastille Day, our national day to celebrate our one-ness as the nation of Australia. So happy Australia Day to all!
Twelve months ago, I highlighted the debt that we owe to past Australian tool manufacturers and the heritage that they have left us. See Oz Day 2012
I thought that this year I would focus on one of our current woodworking tool manufacturers, and look a little more closely at his contribution to our craft.
HNT Gordon - Planemaker
Alstonville NSW workshop since the early 1990's and commenced trading in 1995.
He has always set for himself the highest of standards, and outlines these in his business principles:
Any plane we make will be able to plane or scrape any wood without tearout
We will only use high quality materials with a simple appropriate design to offer customers affordable quality in tools that will make your woodwork better.
We have done considerable development work to learn how to harvest, dry and stabilise Australian hardwoods (in particular gidgee) to give give us a superior quality wood for plane makingthat has ever been used before. In conjunction with this we have learnt how to combine this woodwith brass using modern glues to enhance the function and life of some wooden planes. As aconsequence of this work we offer an unconditional guarantee on workmanship and materialswithout hesitation.