THE STORY, SO FAR…
The superior level story starts in the 1960’s, My father was a
plasterer and I would go to work with him on Saturdays and
during school holidays. My dad’s tools were many and varied, he
would look after all of them fastidiously , washing and oiling his
trowels, floats and hawks, no plastic, aluminium or fibre glass,
his tools were wood and steel, he had his name on them and
nobody asked to borrow another man’s tools. His tools were for
I left school and became a apprentice toolmaker like my older
brothers, I made many of the tools I use today during my
I went on to work in trade shop toolrooms where you got paid a
fixed amount for producing a one off piece of tooling, similar to
price work in the construction industry.
I worked with my older brother Rex in the 1970’s in a trade shop,
Rex was the fastest and most accurate toolmaker there and he
would often finish his work then pick mine up and help.
Rex moved to Wales to be close to our Brother Max and set up a
workshop there, Rex died in September 2014 of cancer, during
his illness he told me our brother Max had cancer and been
given six months.
Max did not tell me he was ill and refused to have treatment or
even discuss it, he carried on as normal. It fell to Max and I to
clear rex’s workshop, whilst doing this I came across something
I had not seen for 50 years, Dad’s wooden spirit level.
Max died in February of 2015.
Back home in Somerset I slowly got over losing two people I had
been close to and admired. There was dad’s level, my son’s
Oliver and Will both work in construction so I set about making
them a spirit level each like my dad’s but engineered like Rex
would have done it.
My first levels were produced in 2015, Oliver took his on site and
came back with orders for ten that evening.
I now had orders but the levels did not have a identity, I wanted
to call them RexMax Oliver said this was not suitable.
I was in my workshop using a surface grinder I had inherited
from Rex, there on the wheel guard was the name of the
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