In 2009, I started out on this task to confirm the manufacture of Woden brand hand planes at Wednesbury, Staffordshire, during the 1950’s. At that time, the general opinion was that Woden was a budget brand of Record) and made in Sheffield.
To assist me, I made contact with Mr Ken Hawley MBE of the Hawley Collection Trust in Sheffield. The Trust is a known and respected source of information on hand tool manufacturer and use, particularly with regard to Sheffield made tools. I also made contact with Roger Ball, a like-minded Woden tool collector. Together, we carried out research into Woden tool history and manufacture and I made many visits to Sheffield to access The Hawley Collection and collect data.
I am indebted to Ken and Roger for their immense assistance, without which this site could not have been first published (2013). Since then, Roger has moved on and compiled excellent sites describing W.S and Wm. Marples planes.
Ken died in 2014. This was a great loss to Sheffield, The Trust and everybody who knew him. He was greatly respected for his unequalled knowledge of local and other hand tool industries and their people.
Handing over a paper copy of the original site content
to Ken Hawley, June 2013
To fulfil the original goal and support the data collected at Sheffield, many examples of Woden planes and those of competing brands were acquired. It is from these examples that the majority of the images and tool construction details in the updated pages have been obtained. I have left the detail of the company history to others, but I have added some facts on the history page, together with a timeline in Woden tool manufacture. I have also included a link to the Hawley Collection Trust, where I am now a volunteer. As time proceeds, this work should enable me to add further information to the site.
In addition to planes, other examples have been collected of other Woden tools that are still useful today and additional pages
added. Having viewed the site, if you think you can provide any additional information, wish to provide feedback or request further details of any Woden tool, please
I have already responded to numerous enquiries and continue to be available either to receive your information or, to be of assistance to you.
The information on the site is being revised and up-dated. It continues to be freely available to enhance the knowledge and history of Woden and other vintage tools. You may copy and use any of the site content provided that if any material is published elsewhere, you make a clear reference or link to wodentools.com as the source of that content. Thank you.