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Jim Hendricks


In late 1970s I finished my training as an engineer and went to work for an international communications giant for the overseas engineering staff. Every few years I moved… usually from one island to another working on satellite earth stations and other radio and fibre equipment.

After 28 years of hopping from country to county it became redundant and I started working for myself in many roles; property development, hotel management and even a few weeks as a PA for a company director... (but we don’t talk about that!).

Following a heart bypass in 2011 I decided to retire and concentrate on my first loves; woodworking and astrophotography, both of which take up more time than is possible to find during a 24 hour day!

I love woodworking tools, old and new, and I love restoring old, broken and neglected tools. After a session with me they come to life again!

At the same time I acquired a partner… ALFIE… who was a rescue dog found as a puppy having been thrown from a moving car.

Of all the decisions in my life taking on ALFIE as a workshop buddy was probably up there with the best of them (when he’s not wanting to know what’s going on next,  that is!!)

Most of my projects appear here and on my blog at

Feel free to comment… we like to chat with anyone with like interests in vintage tools and astronomy.





Alfie Shine
Hard Wax


Alfie Shine was researched and developed by Jim Hendricks for use on his extensive collection of rare and valuable woodworking hand tools.

Available Here

Norris Planes


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