This years European Woodworking Show (a couple of weeks back) was definitely the busiest one yet. Saturday in particular was heaving which was fantastic to see and great for all, but you can trust me to still have a moan because it meant I didn’t find much time to have a good neb around.
As ever we were inside one of the spectacular barns and our spot was surrounded by plane makers – we had Phil Edwards to one side and David Barron to the other. It was fantastic to hear that both were incredibly busy and that so many British made planes have been heading overseas to their customers. It’s encouraging to know that there’s such an appreciation and interest in these wooden planes yet what excited me even more than the beautiful tools was seeing the engagement from people trying them out. I saw people picking them up to admire the craftsmanship and then of course they had to give it a go and push them along the plank of wood. Now a days we see so many old wooden planes at car boot sales and the like that many of us are used to seeing these tools when then are very worn and out of shape. I think people delight in seeing the new planes because not only do they create nostalgia but they actually work! Hellsbells do they work!
Much of my plane collection is made up of wooden ones and if they’re for fine use then I can use that as an excuse to go new. Philly Planes make a full range of traditional hand planes from block planes to jointers and moulding planes. I’m a big fan of Phil’s work and use his planes nearly every day.
I’ve tried out David’s planes numerous times as well and they work flawlessly. He laminates them in a style much like Krenov but takes them to a perfection level of finish. I’ve yet to own one, though one day that’s got to change! Along with his planes David makes a nifty little device for dovetailing – I’ll be talking about that in a future post.
If you’re looking to get started with wooden planes then this post I wrote early this year may be of interest: Getting The Gist Of Wooden Planes