Sunday, March 16, 2008

Norwescon Hardwick's Promotion - Rules

Hi there:-)
If you attended Norwescon (, here are some notes about bringing in your flier to Hardwick's to see if you have won anything.
We are open 8am-6pm M-F and 9am-6pm Sat (closed Sunday). I am normally there from 4-6 PM if you would like to chat with me directly.
4214 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle (U-District) WA 98105. 206-632-1203.

We want to introduce you to Hardwick's. That's why we came up with this offer, to get you interested in coming by and as a way of supporting one very cool event (NWC). Once in to our little piece of chaotic heaven, we feel you will recognize what a wonder the place is. Knowing Hardwick's is its own reward:-)

About the promotion:
1st: Void where prohibited by law. No forgery allowed. No more than a couple of fliers per person. Not redeemable for cash.
2nd: You must bring in your flier (no calling and asking "My number was xxxx, did I win?" No coming in and saying "I don't have my flier but my number was xxxx, did I win? Please, be real. We are.)
3rd: We will mark all fliers presented as being shown.
4th: All winners will need to leave their name and contact info. (We don't sell your info., We're not that organized.)
5th: Promotion ends... oh, how about the 30th of April, 2008.

Thanks, G.Robin Smith (aka in the store as "G.R.")

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Customer Question: How to make Chain Mail

(A customer came in and asked about making Chain Mail (think Lord of the Rings, or most any Medieval movie; that flowing ringed armor people wear... that's chain mail.) We at Hardwick's pride ourselves on having at least some tooling for just about every trade and hobby in the world, and Chain Mail is no exception.:-)

On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 8:49 AM, Rob wrote:

Hello Mr. Smith,
My name is Rob. I was in Hardwick's last weekend picking up some
tools for making chain maile. You mentioned you had some great web
links that would help to figure out the process. If you have time I
would love to check them out.
Thanks for your time,
Rob H.

So, this is basically my email back to him.

Hi Rob, G.R. here. Thanks for writing. I remember our conversation well and am happy to recommend some sites.

There are some classes offered on how to make chain mail. Write me for current locations.
has an intro that looks easy to understand.
(page 2 of this site has a link to silversmithing. I did not check it out, but may have jewelery info for light duty chain mail.) Armor grade links that my wife orders from for her classes on the subject.
has lots of Weblinks and instruction connections.

And lastly,
Click on the "Combat" link, then scroll down to the various Chain Mail links and have fun:-)

There are many sites out there in addition to the ones I include.
If you want more sites, try Googleing "Chain Mail" "Chain Maille" "Chainmail" or "Chainmaille" as they are all variations on the name.

But the best deal would be to try and take a hands on class.

Let me know if you need more information.

Best, GregRobin (G.R.) from Hardwick's
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The People of Hardwick's

"Hey! Anyone here know where this customer can find ____"?

You may hear that upon occasion at Hardwick's. We are not afraid to admit we don't know what a specialty tool is (it doesn't often happen, but when it does, we don't hem and haw about it.). Often, another customer will pipe up "yea, that's what I do. What you need is ..." and off they go. We like that about our place. Casual, rough, professional but not chic. We don't go in for corporate branding with matching vests. What we do feature is an ethic for getting you what you need, having a superior selection of world class tools and a variety of experiences to help you cobble together what you need to get on with your day and project.

Bill Hardwick: Furniture, Big Tools, main buyer for that kind of stuff. Chemistry and Russian are two of his interests.

Dean Hardwick: Knows more about hand tools than most mortals. Also speaks a bit of Rus.

Lloyd, Manager: Speaks Plumbing. Very important translator.

Wade: Store 'Mascot': Everyone thinks he's the owner. Ancient, Arcane and useful information storehouse. Pipes.

Chris: Woodworking specialist, especially history of woodworking and older tools.

Dane: Stains and Hardware.

Darcy: Hardware and Bar keeping questions.

Brandon: Drawing.

Scott: Bicycles

John: Woodworking

MB: Do it Best ordering. Sports.

GR: Ben Franklin, Sonnets, Shakespeare, Theatre, Fundraising, Calligraphy and patching things together to get something that will work. Speaks a smattering of languages.

Together, our team can usually help you with what you need. If not, we will be entertaining in telling you where else you may be able to find what you need.

We're here to help. We hope we can. But we're not going to, unless you stop by or call.

So, we'll do our part if you do yours. Come on in.

Best, GR

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I Got Hammered at Hardwick's (more than just a T-Shirt)

Well, I am figuring more out about these pages.

We have T-Shirts at Hardwicks. "I Got Hammered at Hardwick's" is one of the favorites. The Pix above show some of the reasons why:-)

We have over 100 kinds of hammers (not just 100 hammers, over 100 KINDS of hammers. For jewelry, geology, woodworking (LOTS for woodworking) Auto repair, Iron mongering... Hammers of Titanium, Steel, Wood, Plastic and home made creations. New and used, like most the rest of the store.

Come in and get Hammered (and Houseware'd, Furniture'd, Pluming'd, Hardware'd and more:-) Have a great week. G.R.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hardwick Special Specials. What you'll find

The question is asked "Hardwick's??? What do they sell?"

The short list is pretty impressive:
New and used hand and electric tools, fancy and regular hardware, some of the best woodworking and power tools made (Milwaukee, Lie-Nielsen Hand Planes, Stabila Levels, Starrett Measuring Tools, Irwin, Vaughn, Crown, Veritas, North Bay Forge...) They have Japanese Hand Saws, Logging tools, Jewelry, Masonry, Glazier, Iron, Leather & Upholstery tools. Kitchen, Housewares, Furniture (sometimes even Antiques) and all new or used. Specialty kitchen gadgets and simple grapefruit knives. Plumbing and nuts, bolts and screws (you don't even have to buy a box or bag of them. Just one or two, whatever you need for your task.

All that and served with an attitude of sass that says "if we like you, we'll yell kindly";-)

Come and see us in the U-District of Seattle
4214 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle WA 98105
M-F 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Our main Website should be back up soon,
Thanks, and may your searches be fruitful.

for information on educational programs
and fundraising for _your_ cause.

Sponsored by Hardwick & Sons, Inc.

Hardwick's, Socially Active and Re-Active.

GR here, your tour guide to the wonderful world of Hardwicks.

For you socially responsible folks out there: Not only is Hardwick's a recycler of classic tools (and has been since 1932) but they put their hard-earned money where their heart is: In public ervice. They sponsor "Benjamin Franklin - Live! & Inperson-ated" (a first-person Chatauqua event) into schools, libraries, business meetings, etc., and a major portion of all proceeds goes to help non-profits like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (over $7,000 raised this year). They also are a direct sponsor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. Look for the jerseys at your local Marathon, Triathlon, and Bicycle Century near you. (to see where Ben Franklin - or his presenter, G.Robin Smith) is presenting or performing next, go through to see.)
That's how Hardwick's RE-Acts to the needs of its community.
Do you need a fundraiser? Consider having Ben Franklin in to your function, sponsored by Hardwick's.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 Hardwick's Fan Website is UP

Greetings and welcome to the new Fan Website for Hardwick & Sons, Inc. (Hardwick's, in the U-District, in Seattle, in the Northwest Corner of the US... just south of things Hockey and a bit north of Mexico... in Seattle WA)

Hardwick's, the happiest Hardware Store on Earth, is the coolest, wander-around and be blissful in being lost, new & used, hard-to-find hard to find tool store anywhere. Literally, they are known around the world (not by everyone, sadly, but by lots!)

This site is for Fans and for employees (I am both) to hear about what's new (and what's old) and to get some info on where to go to order things while the REAL Website (, where you will be able to order on-line) is undergoing some renovation.

Call us up and ask to place a phone order and we will do our best to zip it out to you.
(206) 632-1203 M-F 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Mon - Friday. (We are actually open 8-6 M-F, but may be crushed with customers in the store at earlier/later hours.) We are also opened Saturday, 9:00 - 6:00. Good luck. It's REALLY busy then:-) All times PST.

Let us know what things you want here, and I will try and get that info up.

Be well, G.R. Smith (just one of the guys. Also in charge of "Interactive Public Awareness Programs." (Fancy, huh?;-) See to see what I mean.

Main Deal: The Hori Hori Gardening Knife: $17.99 (plus S&H) regular length. $19.99 for the long handled version (plus S&H)

More soon. -30-=###