La Chappelle Workbench

As I have mentioned, I recently moved countries and am now living on the west coast of Canada, where I grew up. I love it here. The trees, the mountains, fresh waters, beaches, and oceans are magical. The wind, the rain, the sun, and the sea is in my blood. In all my life I have never strayed far from the ocean. And now, I am setting up a new workshop in this coastal paradise. And as always it is an evolving process.

Call it fate, call it circumstance, call it what you will. But in my search for tools, I was very fortunate to find this workbench in one of my garage sale searches. It is a La Chappelle workbench, made in Switzerland, circa early 1980’s. It was imported and sold by Lee Valley. In the early days of Lee Valley, when Leonard Lee expanded into woodworking tools one of the first items they offered was a workbench. This bench was purchased new from Lee Valley by a woodworking teacher in the Comox Valley. I am the second owner of the bench. It is pure joy to work on.

The vice handles glide like Laurentian skates on ice.

Text on the underside of the bench.


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Love making sawdust and turning wood into objects of practical beauty.
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