An Interview with Patrick Leach of The Superior Works

We can all blame Patrick Leach! Yes, he is the fearless maven who coined the moniker “Galoot,” which is now the woodworker term for the surprisingly dedicated and populous neanderthals who look at electrical outlets as a last and unwelcome resort.

What’s more, Patrick Leach puts his entire being where his mouth is on The Superior Works website, where you can sign up for Patrick’s latest list of available old tool offerings.

The Superior Works, home to Patrick’s Blood & Gore

In all, The Superior Works provides even the least expert on woodworking handtools a clear picture of the Galoot ethos and an insider view of how and why the collecting and using of old hand tools instructs the present day bench with the heart and craft of the past.

The site is so like Patrick himself, a non-commercialized businessman who believes in the venerated traditions of hand and custom made and the innate values these traditions convey – quality, longevity, respect and self- worth. Plus, Patrick talks about old tools with great candor, a delightful wit and a self-deprecating humor, not to mention a communicable passion.

This is all to the good because browsing The Superior Works website is a deep and wide browse, the place where Patrick Leach offers his readers the history and taxonomy of vintage hand tools, the core and pulse of which is a thing called Patrick’s Blood and Gore. Once there, you may find yourself happily lost for days in an old tool thrall.

Before you do that, though – or if you just cannot help yourself, and once you’ve been restored to your former capacity – please read this interview; a talkative thing by any standard and an excellent look at the truest of Galoots, one Patrick Leach.

About Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"
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4 Responses to An Interview with Patrick Leach of The Superior Works

  1. Ralph J Boumenot says:

    Great interview with Patrick. I hope to see him at the Amana tool event.

  2. tjhenrik says:

    Enjoyed the great interview. I appreciated hearing Patrick admit to a loathing of precision. At times I feel alone in woodworking since I have no desire for a straight line or an absolutely flat surface. I like character in what I create, calories in my beer and curves on a woman.

  3. billlattpa says:

    I enjoyed the interview very much. I love when he points out the modern obsession with crazy levels of flatness on handplanes. For a hobbyist woodworker to worry about a plane being flat to .001 thousands of an inch just kills the fun in my opinion. Many handtool woodworkers feel themselves a little more “in tune” with woodworking than power tool woodwokers. I would probably agree, and at the same time woodworking with hand tool that was made by a precision “power tool” to be tolerant to .001 of an inch is kind of missing the point isn’t it?

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