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    Default Wadkin Factory .

    A walk through the Wadkin factory now . Mark , aka Wallace1973 put it up on the Canadian web site. I don't know if he is a member here ? There are a few of these Wadkin walk through video's . The factory is due to be knocked down soon I think.




    Check this video out of a walk through the Wolverton Railworks site as well .
    listen to it up loud too.






    Rob

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    Pretty sad that Wadkin is no longer.
    In general I detest Brittish cars and motorbikes. However Wadkin made some great woodwork machines.
    The patternshop where I did my apprenticeship back in the 80's had a wadkin patternmaking lathe which was a fine bit of gear. A wadkin bobbin sander which was also great. And while I was there the company bought a Wadkin pattern milling machine that would have cost as much as a house! and oh boy! was it a ripper. Bet the same company still has it.
    It would have been interesting to see a video when Wadkin still had all of their manufacturing equipment installed.
    The buildings look pretty ghostly just empty.
    Guess there will still be wadkin machines around when doomsday happens?

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    Jeez look at all that asbestos on the roofs... we're all going die
    Experienced in removing the tree from the furniture

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    Jack English Machines on Youtube, his proper name is Jack Forsberg, has a nice collection of Wadkin and uses them to make a living....

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...glish+machines
    CHRIS

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    Thanks Chris .
    Jack is a member here .
    Someone ? sorry, I will have to look for the thread, started a thread here about an amazing saw that had been restored . It was Jacks PK ,

    ( Edit . this was the thread. https://www.woodworkforums.com/showth...ight=Wadkin+PK )

    it had the same affect on me as it has actually had around the world of woodworking people in woodworking forums who know that very good things sometimes come rusty and unloved . and even cheap if your lucky.
    I knew that already but I had never seen a Wadkin PK before I opened that thread here!! ha ha .
    What a saw !!

    Here is another one of the factory . There is another that I'm searching for.






    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Parks View Post
    Jack English Machines on Youtube, his proper name is Jack Forsberg, has a nice collection of Wadkin and uses them to make a living....

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...glish+machines
    A few pics of the Wadkin temple and the head keeper.
    I visited last year a few weeks after the rust junky fest.
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    Jimcracks for the rich and/or wealthy. (aka GKB '88)

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    Henry,

    I was loading stuff to the bucket anyway, so thought I would turn your temple pic upright for you


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    He's a wonderful man that Jack Forsberg, he has helped me out before many times.
    He is one of the most passionate guys on Wadkin machines I know, well and all English machines for that matter.
    I have had many years of posting along side him and enjoyed every bit !
    Jack I'm sure will be sad to see the old Wadkin factory demolished, if we had money I would love to organize a posse of keen lads to go over to the UK and view the factory for one last time, I think it would be a great trip.

    Melbourne Matty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.S.Barker1970 View Post
    He's a wonderful man that Jack Forsberg, he has helped me out before many times.
    He is one of the most passionate guys on Wadkin machines I know, well and all English machines for that matter.
    I have had many years of posting along side him and enjoyed every bit !
    Jack I'm sure will be sad to see the old Wadkin factory demolished, if we had money I would love to organize a posse of keen lads to go over to the UK and view the factory for one last time, I think it would be a great trip.

    Melbourne Matty.
    Jack has a Stenner BL, so he is alright in my books. No seriously I second what you say Matty, he has helped me a lot in the past also. Not sure we can make it to the factory before it's demise, but hopefully one day we can make it to Jack's Wadkin Temple.

    Cheers,

    Camo

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    Quote Originally Posted by camoz View Post
    Jack has a Stenner BL, so he is alright in my books. No seriously I second what you say Matty, he has helped me a lot in the past also. Not sure we can make it to the factory before it's demise, but hopefully one day we can make it to Jack's Wadkin Temple.

    Cheers,

    Camo
    Count me in Cam, one day we'll fly to Jacks Rusty junky festival !!

    Melbourne Matty.

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    all though it is sad times for Green Lane works the good news is Wadkin has hit its 100th classic machine line build . I know of no others maker building on there past and or a market ready for quality again. Hats off the Dalton for being so brave as to believe in there product and see where the world is lacking.

    Wadkin News
    http://www.daltonswadkin.com/100-mil...manufacturing/

    more
    http://www.daltonswadkin.com/about/

    BTW all down here he can call the temple home.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jgforsberg View Post
    all though it is sad times for Green Lane works the good news is Wadkin has hit its 100th classic machine line build . I know of no others maker building on there past and or a market ready for quality again. Hats off the Dalton for being so brave as to believe in there product and see where the world is lacking.

    Wadkin News
    http://www.daltonswadkin.com/100-mil...manufacturing/

    more
    http://www.daltonswadkin.com/about/

    BTW all down here he can call the temple home.


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    Jack,

    Thanks for sharing that, I didn't realise they were doing this.

    Cheers,


    Camo

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    Arrow late 30s

    All tools can be used as hammers

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    Just Beautiful Jack !!
    I think in the first Pic, "The board room meeting" it looks to be snowing out side !
    What a wonderful era for manufacturing, some times I wish I had a time machine.
    Thanks for showing Jack.

    Melbourne Matty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.S.Barker1970 View Post
    Just Beautiful Jack !!
    I think in the first Pic, "The board room meeting" it looks to be snowing out side !
    What a wonderful era for manufacturing, some times I wish I had a time machine.
    Thanks for showing Jack.

    Melbourne Matty.
    and who is this Goddard?



    a few more









    would them crates boards every make a cool tool cabinet.
    All tools can be used as hammers

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