Bristol Design tool shop

14 Perry Rd
Bristol BS1 5BG

+44 (0)117 929 1740

Woodworking Tools used and vintage plus many others

14 Perry Rd, Bristol BS1 5BG, England

Inside Bristol Design Tool Shop
Inside Bristol Design Tool Shop

We are OPEN the full 6 days of week Mon through Sat 9:30 to 5:30

Partly dependent on train and bus services, if disrupted could be late opening. Call to check.

Best to phone 0117 929 1740 just to check if travelling long distance.

Bristol Design sells tools, old tools, second hand tools, nearly new tools and even some new tools. OK, we are a tool shop but also can sharpen tools​ chisels, plane irons, knives, axes for customers. Our aim is to have some of every tool ever made, but fall well short of this but do have a wide selection.

Woodworking in its numerous guesses is catered for as can be seen in some of the photos while metal working and craft tools are also here.

Inside the shop

Woodworking tools more planes and ades, axes
planes, adzes and axes
woodworking tools selection of planes
Shelves full of woodworking planes

We are a rather uncommon type of tool shop, one specializing in older hand tools and specially woodworking ones though all other types can be found here..

We have the standard Stanley, Record planes, but also Norris, Spiers, Matheson, Preston, etc. Plough, rebate, bullnose, mitre jointer’s to block planes all here.

Green woodworking tools like froes, side axes, adze, spoon knives. Sharpening stones, chisels, squares and more.

rows of wooden moulding planes
Shelves of wooden moulding planes
bow saws and planes
bowsaws and planes

Many of our tools are hard to find elsewhere, the older tools that have a quality now hard to find in new ones made down to a price, the ones no longer in production. Add to this with new tools we make or commission for less usual tasks in woodworking or where the highest quality is wanted.

Yes, the way some jobs are now done have made many tools nearly redundant so we are catering for a small minority market with much of our stock. It’s still work needed.

Stanley and Record planes
Stanley and Record planes
wide angle of Bristol Design shop interior
fisheye of shop interior

We also have a very wide range of more common second hand tools.

Tools to sell

Yes we buy tools (and accept donations). Our customers are buying tools to use on the whole so we like tools in good condition. Age isn’t necessarily a big thing (in tools or people) so grandfathers rusty, broken plane from 1930’s isn’t a valuable antique but it might still be of use to someone. If you want to bring them to the shop give us a call first so Charles is here. We can travel to collect tools as well, again give a call and a date and time can be arranged.

More written about us in the local paper. See our About Us page.

Caution - Clean Air Zone Started 28 Nov 2022. Active Now

Bristol has introduced a “Clean Air Zone” covering virtually all of central Bristol. We are in the zone.

If you drive anything other than a relatively new vehicle it could hit you with a fairly hefty charge. A Map of the area covered is at Map

More info on our Visit Bristol page.

At the moment the cycle lane “plastic wands” are removed from along our road of and there seems to be parking opposite sort of as it used to be. But no information forthcoming from Bristol City Council what is happening, we assume sometime shortly it will change to much more anti-visitor policy. For right now it's much better.
Bristol City Council have installing segregated cycle lanes on both sides of the road in front of us and also stopped left turns up St Michael's hill or right turns down St Michael's hill. Need to do the extra driving down to St James Barton roundabout (Bear Pit) and back up. OK, it adds congestion, traffic fumes, time and mileage but that is what Bristol wants it seems. We've been here over 40 years and hope that these road changes don't tip us over the edge of survival.

We still only take cash payments or can do bank transfer if resonable amount

Maybe best to phone first if you are travelling any distance (0117 929 1740). But shouldn’t be any problems, OK except Bristol parking.

Now the legal stuff:

The small print

Website and photographs are copyright and not to be reused without written permission.

Cookies, an essential food item but not to be consumed in excess. At the moment here only used occasionally and still mainly as a food item. We have found building a website so many web building apps put cookies in that we can’t do without completely, but shouldn’t be a problem if turned off. We may sometime will start selling items on the site and having all the sign in types of requirements but not there yet.

We have put on Google analytics to see if anyone actually visits and this does put down cookies but if you turn them off no problem.