Don Williams, the primary force of nature behind “To Make as Perfectly as Possible,” is a man of few vices but many vises.
He doesn’t drink, smoke, curse or even drink coffee. But the man will travel to the ends of the earth to examine pianomakers’ vises. This peculiar, beautiful and woefully undocumented form is featured prominently on H.O. Studley’s workbench. And so Don has spent weeks researching, restoring and examining original pianomaker’s vises.
He has been documenting his findings on his blog. Have you bookmarked it yet? You should.
Here are some recent entries on these cool vises.
Searching for Studley-esque Vises in New England 2013
New England Vise Tour Day #1
New England Vise Tour – Days 2 and 3
Vise Tour Day #4 — Meeting the Studley Tool Cabinet’s Previous Owner
New England Vise Tour 2013 — Days 5,6, and 7
Keep track of Don’s blog and the cool things he does at his web site: donsbarn.com.
— Christopher Schwarz