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Information agencies & databases

Abrasives Industries Association (AIA), PO Box 58, Manchester M17 1JD, 061 872 7796.

American Plywood Association, The, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1V 1AA. Technical data on board materials.

Botanical links from U.S. based Thanks to Mindy McQuade for suggesting this link.

British Abrasives Federation, Fair Green House, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire CM21 9AJ, 0279 600 602.

British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association

British Plastics Federation (Find A Product Supplier page)

British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association

British Standards Institution

Building Research Establishment

University of Cambridge

Coated Abrasives Manufacturers Association (CAMA), Fair Green House, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire CM21 9AJ, 0279 600 602.

Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia (COFI), Tileman House, 131 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 2TR, 081 788 4446.

Corus (formerly British Steel)

Davis University

Engineering Materials Advisory Service, 339 Hales Owen Rd, Cradley Heath, Warley, West Midlands, B64 6PH, 01384 62696.

Federation of European Producers of Abrasives (FEPA), 20 Avenue Reille, 75014 Paris. Telephone from UK: 010 331 45 81 2590.

Finnish Plywood International, PO Box 99, Welwyn Garden City AL6 0HS. Technical data on board materials.

Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA), Maxwell Rd, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2EW. Information on materials, adhesives and other synthetic products used in furniture industry.

Health & Safety Executive or contact through local offices found in telephone book.

Imperial College, University of London.

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (known as the IOM³)

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (list of industry organisations and trade associations)

Leeds Metropolitan University

Malaysian Timber Council

The National Archives The UK government's official archive.

Stationery Office. The SO is a government bookshop. Government publications are also available through local booksellers.

Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA). All aspects of natural timber and man-made wood products.

Water Quality Association (US)

The Wood Explorer. 1st class online timber information database.

Wood Panel Industries Federation

Woodweb Woodworking Industry Information (USA)

Publishers etc

Blackwell's Bookshop

The Taunton Press, Newtown, CT, USA. Publishers of Fine Woodworking Magazine.

Stanfords Map & Travel, Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9LP, 0171 836 1321.

Woodworker magazine, Argus House, Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7ST, 01442 66551 Fax:01442 66998.

Sources of supply

3M Corporation, 0344 858738.

Hermes Abrasives Ltd, Wyncolls Road, Severalls Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 4LW, 0206 754400.

Norton Abrasives Ltd, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1H7, 0707 323484.

SIA (GB) Swiss Industrial Abrasives (G.B. Ltd.) Armytage House, Armytage Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD61QF, Great Britain. Tel +44 1422 313319.

Humbrol Ltd, Marfleet, Hull, HU9 5NE, 01482 701191. Suppliers of Extramite urea formaldehyde woodworking adhesive.

Sheppy Fertilisers Ltd, Adhesives Division, Rushenden Road, Queenborough, Kent ME11 5HH, 0795 580365 Fax: 0795 580649. Suppliers of 'Sheppy Scotch' brand glue.

Wessex Resins and Adhesives Ltd, 189/193 Spring Road, Sholing, Southampton SO2 7NY, 0703 444744. Suppliers of West system epoxy resin adhesives and coatings.

Artists' materials
Atlantis European Ltd, 146 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU, 0171 377 8855.

Canvas, leather, rubber, paper & plastics

Quarry Canvas, Quary Lane, Chichester, W-Sussex, PO19 2QA, 01243 787649.

Abbey Saddlery & Crafts Ltd, William St, Walsall West Midlands, WS4 2AX. Tel: 01922 611113. Leather.

Andrew Muirhead & Son Ltd, Dalmarnock Leather Works, 273 289 Dunn St, Glasgow, G40 3EA, 0141 554 3724. Upholstery leather.

JT Batchelor Ltd, 10 Culford Mews, London, N1 4DZ. Tel: 020 7254 2962. Leather.

Bowstock Ltd, 62 Broadwaters Dv, Kidderminster, DY10 2RY, 01562 746316. Leather.

Bridge of Weir Leather Co.Ltd, Clydesdale Works, Bridge Of Weir, Renfrewshire, PA11 3LF. Tel: 01505 612132. Upholstery leather.

J Hewit & Sons Ltd, Kinauld Leather Works, Currie, Edinburgh, EH14 5RS, Tel 0131-449 2206. Leather dressers.

The Harefield Rubber Co Ltd, Bell Works, Middx, Harefield 2123. Veneer press equipment.

Falkiner Fine Papers, 76 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AR, 0171 831 1151. Art & bokbinding papers.

Amari Plastics, 7-8, Matrix Park, Talbot Rd, Segensworth, Fareham PO15 5AP, 01329 847600

Chemicals & laboratory equipment
R L Slaughter Ltd, Units 11 and 12, Upminster Trading Park, Warley St, Upminster, Essex, RM14 3PJ. Tel 01708 227140.

Struers Ltd, Rotherham. Alpha alumina for lapping.

VWR International Ltd, Hunter Boulevard, Magna Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4XN. Tel 0800 22 33 44.

Double sided adhesive tapes
Adhere Industrial Tapes, Unit 3, Whitehall Rd, Colchester,Essex CO2 8JH, 01206 871999.

Self Adhesive Supplies, 7-9 The Portman Centre, Loverock Road, Reading, RG30 1DZ. Tel: 0118 957 5111.

Drawing office/graphic supplies and repairs
Penfriend, 7, Newbury St, London, EC1A 7HX, 0171 606 6542, or 836 9809. Writing pen repair service.

Repropoint, 15 Poole Rd, Woking, Surrey, GU21 1DY, 01483 740483.

Woking Dieline, 332 London Rd, N-End, Portsmouth, PO2 9JY, 0239 669941.

Technical Sales (London) Ltd, 9 River Reach, Gartons Way London SW11 3SX, 0171 924 4040. Suppliers of Ecobra Electric erasers.

Electrical, electronic, computing & optical equipment & information
Computer Manuals, 0121 706 6000.

Electro Carbon, Birmingham, 0121 326 6226 or 356 6775. Carbon brushes for electric motors.

Evolution Computing Publishers of FastCad.

Full Spectrum Lighting Ltd, Unit 1, Riverside Business Centre, Victoria Street, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 2LT, 01494 526051. Duro-Test 'True-Lite' full spectrum fluorescent tubes.

Maplin Electronics carry a comprehensive range of electrical and electronic components and consumer products.

Proops Bros Ltd, 52 Tottenham Ct Rd, London, W1P 0BA. Eyeglasses and binocular magnifiers

Protimeter Ltd, Meter House, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1LX, 01628 472722. Moisture meters.

R S Components Ltd

Technical & Optical, Photographic sales Tel 0181 802 0624 Micro sales Tel 880 1292. Russian cameras, microscopes, etc.

Fixings & fittings
Allthreads (Distributors) Ltd, Unit 3, The Quadrangle, Abbey Park Industrial Estate, Romsey, Hants, SO51 9AQ, 01794 830515. Fax 01794 524139. Screws & bolts.

Clayton Munroe, 01804 26626/7. Fax 0180 426 584. Hardware, metal fittings & nails.

Clerkenwell Screws Ltd, 109 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1 R5BY, 0171 405 6504. Screws, bolts, rivets etc.

Fisco, Sirdar Rd, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7XE, 01268 745421. Upholstery nails

IJP Property Services, 29 Friday St, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AN, 01491 574392. Rosehead nails.

Martin & Co, 97 Camden St, Birmingham, B1 3DG, 0121 233 2111. Metal fittings wood finishes.

Nettlefolds Ltd, St Georges House, Heath Street, Smethwick, B66 2SA. Tel 0121 626 0600. Woodscrews, bolts, fixing pins (masonry nails).

Storage Solutions Ltd, The Shelving Factory, Linden Close, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 7AL. Tel 01805 624062. Makers of 'Spur' shelving, formerly of Watford, Herts.

Leather & bookbinding tools & equipment
Batchelor, J T, 9/10 Culford Mews, London, N1 4DZ, 0171 254 2962 or 8521.

Hewit & Sons Ltd, J, Unit 28, Park Royal Metro Centre, Britannia Way, Off Coronation Rd, Park Royal, London, NW10 7PR, 0181 965 5377. Tanners & Leather Dressers, PVC leathercloth.

Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd, 76 B Rochester Row, London, SW1P 1JU, 0171 630 1184.

Locks & key cutting
Yale Security Products Ltd, Wood Street, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 1LA, 01902 366911.

Metal stockholders
Smiths Metal Centre, Foundry Close, Horsham, West Sussex, 0140 3261981. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Righton Ltd, Northarbour Spur, Weston Road, Cosham, Hampshire, 023 9237 5282. Non-ferrous metals.

Protective & safety equipment
Arco Wessex, P.O. Box 151, Omega Enterprise Park, Electron Way, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 4ZS, 023 8027 0000. Email: Aearo Ltd, First Avenue, Poynton, Cheshire, England, SK12 1FJ, 01625 878320. Email:

Timber, veneers & man-made boards
C B Veneers Ltd, River Pinn Works, Yiewsley High St, West Drayton, Middx, UB7 7TA, 01494 471959.

J Crispin & Sons, 92-96 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, EC2, 0171 739 4857. Veneers.

English Woodlands Timber Ltd., Cocking Sawmills, Cocking, Midhurst, W-Sussex, GU29 OHS, 01730 816941.

James Latham, Leeside Wharf, Mount Pleasant Hill, Clapton, London, E5 9NG, 0181 806 3333. Native & imported hard & softwoods, panel products.

R E Miller, Twynham Cott, Fieldside, Mareham-le-Fen, Boston, Lincs, PE22 7QU, 0165886 519. Bog oak.

Timbmet Ltd, P O Box 39, Chawley Works, Cumnor Hill Oxford, OX2 9PP, 01865 862223. Timber.

W. L. West & Sons Ltd, Selham, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0PJ, 01798 861611. Native & imported hard & softwoods, fencing materials.


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Wood finishing materials

Cuprinol Ltd, BA11 1NL, 01373 56151, toy finishes.

Eurographics, 01272 277362, toy finishes.

Fiddes & Son Ltd, Florence Works, Brindley Rd, (off Penarth Rd), Cardiff, S Glamorgan CF1 7TX, 01222 340323.

Graynte Industrial Finishes, Marrable & Co Ltd, Delamere Rd, Chestnut, Waltham Cross, Herts EN8 9SP, paints, acrylic lacquers.

Humbrol Ltd, HU9 5NE, 01482 701191, toy finishes.

International Paint Ltd, SO9 3AS, 01703 226722, toy finishes.

ITW Finishing Systems & Products Ltd, Ringwood Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 9LH, 01202 571111, DeVilbiss agents.

Lime Centre, The, Long Barn, Morestead, Winchester, 01962 713636. (Make an appointment).

Liver Grease Oil & Chemical Co Ltd, 11 Norfolk St, The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, L1 0BE, 0151 709 7494, coal tar.

F T Morrell, Wellington Works, Mill Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 1RN, 0161 406 5300, and 214 Acton Rd, London, NW10 7NH.

John Myland Ltd, 80 Norwood High St, West Norwood, London, SE27 9NW, 0181 670 9161 Fax:0181 761 5700.

Paint Centre, The, Unit 3, 1 Horton Close, West Drayton, Middx, UB7 8EB, 01895 446232.

L G Wilkinson Ltd, Jenkins Lane, Barking, Essex, 1G11 0AB, 0208 549 8511/7.

Woodworking & metalworking tools and equipment
Axminster Power Tools

Buck & Hickman Ltd, Siskin Parkway East, Middlemarch Buisness Park, Coventry CV3 4FJ. The widest range of workshop tools, equipment and PPE that I know, and an excellent web site.

Buck & Ryan, Tottenham Court Road, London. Mostly woodwork tools.

Craft Supplies Ltd, 135 The Mill, Millers Dale, Nr Buxton, Derbyshire, SK7 8SN, 01298 871636 Fax: 01298 872263. Tools & timber.

C R M, 17, Arnside Rd, Waterlooville, PO7 7UP, 01705 263202. Woodworking machinery, saws & cutters, re-sharpening service.

Haywards Of Leeds, 01532 304050. Equipment for furniture removals etc.

Leeside Toolshop, Burndell Road, Yapton, Nr. Arundel,West Sussex, BN18 0HP, 01243 554056. Used tools and machinery. Closed Wednesdays.

M R P Trucks & Trolleys, 01359 242266. Castor wheels etc.

M Sedgwick & Co Ltd, Swinnow Lane, Leeds, LS13 4QG, 0113 257 0637. Woodworking machinery.

Alec Tiranti Ltd, 27 Warren St, London W1P 5DG. Sculptors' supplies.

J W Tout, 77 Clarence St, Portsmouth, 01705 822738 Works: 822547. Marine and general engineers' supplies.

John Watts, Llambert Works, Sheffield, S3 7AB, 0114 2493393. Huntington grinding wheel dressing tool.

Wealden Tool Co, 31 Branbridges Ind Est, East Peckham, Kent, TN12 5HF, 01622 872723 Fax: 01622 872725. Router cutters. Peter Hemsley's portal to UK woodworking. Emphasis on woodturning, it includes a picture gallery, associations list, events calendar, woodworking courses list, technical section and online tool shop.

Wrighton, Northarbour Spur, Weston Ind Est, Cosham, 01705 375282. Metal stockholder.

Workshops & educational establishments

The Edward Barnsley Educational Trust. Training and production furniture workshop.

West Dean College. Training in various crafts.

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