25 Best Gifts for Woodworkers 2020 | The Strategist

Hilary Reid is an inveterate eBay shopper and museumgoer who loves tracing the origin of trends — from flight-attendant jumpsuits to the resurgence of marzipan — and collecting NYC merch. Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Holiday shopping for anyone with a very specific hobby […]

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Holiday shopping for anyone with a very specific hobby or job can be challenging — whether they’re an artist with impeccable taste, an architect who likes everything just so, or a birder who already has too many pairs of binoculars. Woodworkers are no exception. Woodworker Hoppy Quick told us that “the best gift is a good hatchet or carving knife.” But which hatchet and which knife? To find out, we checked in with a panel of woodworkers and craftspeople to hear about the tools, clothing, and home goods they’d be happy to receive for the holidays.

Shinwa 6

If you want to give your woodworker something they’ll actually use, start with something simple: a ruler. Several of the woodworkers we talked to suggested gifting rulers or squares (measuring tools that make a right angle). Woodworker Pat Kim recommends this six-inch ruler from Shinwa, which he describes as “super accurate and small enough to always be handy.” He explains that the ruler works well for all kinds of measuring situations. “Each edge has a different graduation, so it can be used to get very accurate measurements for marking out or rough measurements on the fly,” he says. “I have two, one only for measuring and one that can also be used for scraping up glue or prying open containers or ripping open boxes.”

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