MJD Toolapalooza Final Thoughts

Among my recollections and acknowledgements from the recent MJD auction is to thank again Martin Donnelly himself for encouraging me to spread the Studley Exhibit gospel among the attendees.  From the auctioneer’s podium at the initiation of activities, he announced the exhibit, pointed me out by name, and encouraged attendees to speak with me about it.

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Martin also welcomed the stack of announcement post cards I’d brought with me, and they were right next to the sign-in station the whole weekend.  (If you would like some to share and help promote the exhibit, just drop me a line via this web site’s “Contact” function and I will try to get you what you need.)

Like I said in a previous post, there are an awful lot of great folks in the tool world, and Martin Donnelly is certainly royalty in that world.


After having been shut out for the first 4/5ths of the auction I managed to snatch two lots late on Saturday morning.  I’ve already mentioned the  Lamson machinist’s lathe I got but I also garnered this nice lot of Japanese planes and a really neat bamboo divider.  The largest plane had never been used, but the others were well polished, both wood and cutting edge, by multitudes of handlings.  I can’t wait to get them all up and running and integrated into my activities in The Barn.

As always you leave events like this with a mixture of aggravation at not getting what you wanted and exhilaration at getting some things you didn’t expect.