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Joseph Marples

    • In the 1840’s Joseph Marples was one of several ‘Marples’ (most of which were related) in Sheffield manufacturing joiners tools, such as brass inlaid rosewood & ebony braces, boxwood spokeshaves, beech planes, gauges and squares
    • The business has remained within the family to this date, and has been based in Sheffield since those early days
    • Although modern technology has been used in some instances, many of the traditions of manufacturing fine hand tools has remained the same using selected materials and hand finishing, indeed the same threads are used in the gauges as were used over 100 years ago
    • It is evident that many Sheffield-made tools are stamped with brand names of commercial companies from elsewhere
    • This practice tends to obscure the fact that Sheffield in general - and Joseph Marples in particular - still plays a major part in the manufacture of high quality joiners tools
    • In October 2001, we relocated the company to a new purpose built factory (called York Works - shown above), and have reintroduced the old Corporate mark, ‘Trial 1’ on a special, superb quality selection of tools