I live 4 miles from Otley which was the birthplace of Thomas Chippendale. The house he was born in is now a teashop called Cobblestones. There is a large statue of him in the centre of Otley. Any similarity between him and I is purely geographical. The woodworker who has had the biggest and long lasting impression on me is James Krenov. I have all his books and refer to them whenever I think "how would James Krenov do that". I try to work in hardwoods only and as my love and hobby does not have to earn me any money I prefer to always use hand tools, about 50% of which are English made and old. England no longer has the fine hand tool tradition which it used to have, in fact I live less than an hour from Sheffield, a city once renowned for the quality of it's steel and tools. Most of my newer hand tools are imported mainly from the USA. Companies like Lie Neilsen planes stand above my bench. The picture used on my posting is a Norris No7 shoulder plane with Rosewood infill, possibly Londons finest.