Out of Stock items are still online for your viewing pleasure but you will not be able to Add to Cart. No back orders currently being accepted.
We are a small business and intend to stay that way.
On receipt of your order Vesper Tools will phone you in coming days between 9am and 8pm in your local time zone to obtain Cr Card numbers securely. We have chosen not to use an automated online payment gateway due to stock and production delays.
Spoon carving tools, Old Brown Glue, Alfie Shine, Glen Drake Tite-Marks, Mortise & Tenon Magazine, Mitutoyo products, Bandsaw Guides, and some Vesper Tools items are all available for immediate shipping.
Regarding all Vesper Tools items made in house by my own hands: One man can only do so much. Now a solo maker again after a decade of trying to grow by employing others. Its obvious an artist cannot pay others to paint their paintings for them, same here in the toolmaking workshop it seems. I am perfectly happy working alone where I no longer have to re-work other people’s mistakes, nor manage staff with low EQ. Nor can I cope any longer with high wage expectations invariably linked to lower than previously stated actual knowledge, abilities and skill sometimes with a side serving of sub par dedication to work.
This has necessitated cessation of accepting back orders for the first time ever in 20 yrs of business. Delivery times are no longer promised and the tools will be ready when they are ready. The other big change on the back of 20+ years of consistency here is withdrawing from the wood show circuit nearly completely, save for a couple of events here or there as can be sensibly committed to. No point traveling to a wood show to sell tools that one does not have in stock and does not know when they will be finished.
This permanent work backlog does stifle creativity and passion for making beautiful things which is one of many things that started me in my work in the first place.
I post regularly via social media on my home page my work in progress and when tools are finished you’ll see it there first. Matched Sets and Super Premium Knives will continue to be available either ex stock or to order.
All existing orders will be honored. Once I complete all existing orders both myself and the rest of the world can look forward to seeing what beautiful things I have been hankering to make for years now, lots of ideas stewing away needing time and creativity and a clear mind.
Thank you for your understanding.
Chris Vesper. April 2020.
We tend to process and ship a batch of orders once or twice per week. So there may be a small delay before it leaves here, if something is urgent please let me know and I will happily do what I can.
Payment/shipping for overseas customers: Visa or MasterCard or Amex credit/debit cards only. Paypal is a reluctant option as I have to pass on their 4.2% fee.
Shipping overseas: Anywhere, no problem, we do it all the time. We now use DHL and find its about 3 days door to door most places on the planet. DHL cannot ship to PO boxes, apologies for this. We can ship to any address so perhaps a work/daytime address is best.
Payment/shipping for Australian customers: Visa and MasterCard and Amex credit/debit cards accepted. If you wish to pay by EFT direct to Vesper Tools please make a note of your intention in the text box in the ordering process and we can email an invoice with EFT details on it.
Sorry – no cheques accepted.
Standard delivery timeframe is between 1-2 business days within Australia. We can ship to any address including PO Boxes, best results are usually to your work/daytime address.
Prices in $AUD include GST. All export orders are GST free.
Any order placed with Vesper Tools automatically registers your email address in the Email Newsletter database. If you do not want to receive the very occasional and hopefully interesting news from us you can easily Unsubscribe when you receive the first one.
Student Discount: As support and encouragement to full time students (three month course and up) at any recognized woodworking school world wide we offer a Student Discount of a full 10% off purchases of any tools made by Vesper Tools. Make a note of your studies in the text box at the end of the online order process to get this discount, it won’t show up on the total in the order but will be calculated manually. To save on postage feel free to organize a bulk shipping for yourself and other students at the same time. Contact us if you have any queries.
The not so fine print: This offer excludes Signature Series and Super Premium Tools and custom made tools, if you are a student, you can’t afford them anyway, and if you can that is fantastic but I really need the money here to build my one man empire. This student offer also excludes the “Joinery Kit” package deal, which is a permanent discount of more than 12%.