Hand Plane Tribe

About three weeks ago I ordered a couple of chisels from Lie-Nielson, I was expecting them today, but wasn’t sure how they were to arrive. When I got a call from our post master, she said I had a package which needed to be signed for. I assumed it was the chisels.

When she lifted the box, it was obviously much heavier than two chisels would be, and didn’t look like it was from Lie-Nielson.  Hmm…a mystery.

It was from Canada, which added to the suspense. I lifted the package and it was heavy and I heard the sound of something made of  metal inside.  A mystery package with something made of metal?  I got very excited. The lady waiting behind me in line giggled.  I said, “I think someone who reads my blog has sent me some tools?!”

I didn’t recognize the name though. This was quite exciting. The post master let me use her scissors and I opened it. What a find! Inside there were four hand planes.  Actually they were three hand planes and a spokeshave.  My new tool friends were a Stanley 45, a Stanley 50, a Stanley 78, and a Stanley 80.  The Stanley 45 also had a box with all sorts of blades in it, the 50 had some blades too.  This was incredible.

When I got home, I laid them on the floor. Then I called my mom, and read her the letter.  It was from a gentleman who wrote that he read my blog and that he collects hand planes.  He has a bunch of them and decided that I could use these.  He also explained that he believed in the “Pass It Forward” idea.

After I hung up, I couldn’t focus on work anymore. So I laid down on the floor and looked at them, something I haven’t done since Christmas 1979, with my Legos. I played with them a little, turning knobs, and generally just looking over every detail.

I called mom back. She volunteers at a place that feeds the needy. I asked if they have anything coming up soon, and they do. She was happy to add me to the list of volunteers for this coming Saturday.  I will think of two more ways to pay it forward.  Maybe I can make something, using my planes, and donate them to a good cause?  I don’t know, I will have to give it some thought.

Next, I went outside, and my neighbor was sitting on her porch with her sister. I told them about my present. They were very excited too. I then realized that I not only was sent 4 hand planes, but a bunch of future blog posts too, as I sharpen them, use them, and generally get a better understanding of each one.  It was the gift of future writing.

Now it was time to introduce the new tools to the family.  Before I introduced them, I went down stairs and told everyone that we have some new friends joining us.  There was a good deal of enthusiasm, especially among the planes.  Most people don’t realize that, in the wild, hand planes and spokeshaves, prefer to travel in groups.  My little family of planes was especially giddy at the thought of some new members to the tribe.

We cleaned up a bit, before the guests arrived.   The workbench was cleaned off, some thing were straightened up, and all the planes were made ready.  The leader of the plane tribe is the Old English Hand plane.  He is the most outgoing and a natural leader.  So he prepared a brief speech to welcome our new friends from the north.

While he worked on his speech, I went and got our guests.  I explained that I was a new woodworker and that my hand plane tribe was small, but that they were very friendly.

I took them to the shop and introductions were made.  The speech was given and everyone hit it off immediately.  The biggest hit at the party was the Stanley 45, who is named Guy.  The Stanley 110 and 220 were especially impressed with all of Guy’s bling (blades).  Wayne (Stanley 50) and Mario (Stanley 78) hung out and chatted with the Jack planes.  The very suave Maurice, his friends call him ‘The Rocket’ (Stanley 80), was smitten with Manon Rheaume (she is the Stanley 51), they mostly hung out in the corner and spoke in whispered tones.


It was a good day.  I would like to thank my reader and friend from Canada.  I hope you are happy with the names I have given your planes.  I will do my best to ‘Pass it Forward’ in such a way as to do your generosity proud.

p.s.  My generous benefactor is a collector/woodworker named Perry, he hangs out at Lumberjocks and goes by Canadianchips.  I wanted to get permission before I mentioned his name, hence the p.s. to tonight’s blog.  Canada and Perry rock!

12 comments
Paul
Paul

Great plane collection. Here is a picture of one I see you don't have but think you may like:

http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/9986/jackplane.jpg

It may not look it today but when I got that plane it was all broke down and dirty but I only paid like two bucks for it so I didn't mind cleaning it and fixing it up. I like getting old crummy tools and fixing them up. Probably more than I even like woodworking. Though often with fixing up old tools woodworking is involved. In case you didn't notice I made the handle for that jack plane.

In this picture I made the tote for the coffin plane and handles for two of the iron jacks:
http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/6417/pict0822h.jpg

This saw handle:
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/6763/sawh.jpg

All of these handles:
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/2364/woodenhandles.jpg

I guess what I'm trying to say here is even the extremely average can probably handle it!

HokieMojo
HokieMojo

Great post and very generous of your LJ friend. I've wanted a 78 for a while now but have put it off because I should theoretically be able to get by with my router for now. When you get the 78 ready for use, that will be a blog post I really want to see. I've never seen a 78 being used and I'd love to see how someone with a similar skill level does with it.

HokieMojo
HokieMojo

Great post and very generous of your LJ friend. I've wanted a 78 for a while now but have put it off because I should theoretically be able to get by with my router for now. When you get the 78 ready for use, that will be a blog post I really want to see. I've never seen a 78 being used and I'd love to see how someone with a similar skill level does with it.

AlexandraFunFit
AlexandraFunFit

Ha. I managed to find the blog even though you didn't take my hint to post the link so everyone could see it. Those tools look so ....like tools. And you named them? Is that a bit like playing with your Barbie dolls (which I never did, for the record)? Congrats. Tell your friend I shall pay it forward on your behalf in his honor. First, I shall stay away from any attempt at using tools. That is a safe plan. Second, I shall do something kind and blow him a mental kiss when I do it.
I'm glad you are so happy and look forward to their further adventures.

AlexandraFunFit
AlexandraFunFit

Ha. I managed to find the blog even though you didn't take my hint to post the link so everyone could see it. Those tools look so ....like tools. And you named them? Is that a bit like playing with your Barbie dolls (which I never did, for the record)? Congrats. Tell your friend I shall pay it forward on your behalf in his honor. First, I shall stay away from any attempt at using tools. That is a safe plan. Second, I shall do something kind and blow him a mental kiss when I do it.
I'm glad you are so happy and look forward to their further adventures.

August
August

What a great story!

Swirt
Swirt

Wow!! Nice gift. Yes, I am jealous. :) The 80 is not a spokesave though, it is a scraper plane. It is to make flat wood smooth. Good on highly figured wood. It is similar to using a card scraper, only having a handle to keep from burning your thumbs and a sole to keep it flat and controlled.

Swirt
Swirt

Wow!! Nice gift. Yes, I am jealous. :) The 80 is not a spokesave though, it is a scraper plane. It is to make flat wood smooth. Good on highly figured wood. It is similar to using a card scraper, only having a handle to keep from burning your thumbs and a sole to keep it flat and controlled.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I missed your tweet requesting the link. I had posted it earlier, but you must have missed it.
As for the names, I picked all professional hockey players. The planes from Candad were all famous Canadian players and the Stanley 51, was named for the only woman to play in an NHL game. She played for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a pre season game. She was a goalie.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I missed your tweet requesting the link. I had posted it earlier, but you must have missed it.
As for the names, I picked all professional hockey players. The planes from Candad were all famous Canadian players and the Stanley 51, was named for the only woman to play in an NHL game. She played for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a pre season game. She was a goalie.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

That is good to know. Though the 80 is still smitten with the 51!

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

That is good to know. Though the 80 is still smitten with the 51!

Trackbacks

  1. nsa hookup says:

    Title

    […]very couple of web sites that transpire to become comprehensive beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly properly really worth checking out[…]

  2. Title

    […]very couple of internet sites that occur to become in depth below, from our point of view are undoubtedly nicely worth checking out[…]

  3. immokrak.pl says:

    enjoyable and uncomplicated. it is the best

    blogging software around – and it’s free! blogs, short for “web logs” are electronic journals, technically speaking. and continuing with the technical application, blogs are marketing tools with more power than any television, radio or hard-copy pri…

  4. This Site says:

    competently express themselves using words.what is an

    english composition course like?these courses are usually made up of a combination of instructional methods as well as assignments and exercises. assignments may come in the form of reading passages or books, or by writing essays, journaling, and other…

  5. read review says:

    an article writer on the webone can

    write articles for him or herself or join some qualitative services for content writing. some of the steps in the right direction would be as follows.• creating a website will be first step in this regard. such website may be purely

  6. videos porno says:

    […] that we Encourage You Here is an excellent Weblog You might Find Exciting that we Encourage You Here is an excellent Weblog You might Find Exciting that we Encourage You Here is an excellent Weblog You might Find Exciting that we Encourage You Here is an excellent […]

  7. first because good writing begins with action

    writing. action writing is simply the use of interesting action verbs as often as possible (at least half the time) without weak infinitives, weak participles, or weak linking verb/helping verb constructions.here’s what i mean by a weak verb construct…

  8. what i am trying to do, which

    is to help you create some income so that it can sustain you until the bigger money comes in.so anyway, the go to the search box for the search engine of your choice and put in “kindle publishing for blogs”. find

  9. 7i9.pl says:

    secret to blog comments that successfully generate

    traffic come from establishing meaningful relationships through pertinent comments on blogs in your niche.here’s your 6-step blueprint to driving traffic to your site via blog comments:1. use blog-specific search engines to find blog posts on which to…

  10. you “talk”, they will pay attention. low

    cost setting up a blog costs way less than you think and maintaining it costs nothing if you’ve set it up right.â  what better way to get attention and traffic to you without having to spend thousands on tv, newspaper, or

  11. tomorze.pl says:

    helps control notes, researches, addresses, and data

    by outlining them in a “tree” structured format on a separate window while viewing details on each subject beside the tree outline. it’s very effective and time-saving.5. ywriter novel software – helps break novels into scenes and chapters, and help…

  12. shazino.pl says:

    like online sweepstakes or cashnet sweeps.by avoiding

    these common mistakes, you can maximize the number of entries in your blog giveaway and help keep your blog readers happy. focus on the need to hire a screenplay writer who has a team of screenplay writers for hire because writing

  13. time – no exceptions.that was the easy

    part. the hard part is to get as many readers as possible to your blog. this is only possible with one thing: world class content that people want to read.read that last line ten times plus one. if you do not

  14. my visitors will find that very useful

    you got a really useful blog. i have been here reading for about an hour. i am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me. thanks for the reference, a friend and i are working on a

  15. your blog, the anchor text should be

    properly utilized. offer other blogger and website owners post high quality articles in exchange for a back link. it’s a win-win situation for everyone and help you increase blog traffic and visitors.6. post comments on your target market.as an author…

  16. be honest with yourself about the project

    you are hiring for. do you need a formal, well trained writer (who would have finished the previous sentence with “for which you are hiring”), or someone more colloquial in tone? does it really matter if your writer is a skilled

  17. when it comes to making money online.

    here is what i told them…”then i would just go into the answer. see how easy that is?by the way, if you would like to know the answer to that question, be sure and check out the resource link at the

  18. xxx says:

    […] […]

  19. that you desire.some important steps for blog

    content writingthere are steps that you can take to make sure that the content on your blog is all that you want it to be and better yet that it will attract your target audience. the ways to make your content

  20. that articles are written on various different

    topics and target a huge number of audiences, they need to be updated frequently. this will happen till the information lasts and development does not stop, which is quite impossible to happen.article marketing and its futurearticle marketing will neve…

  21. of higher level because you already have

    the skills that are mandatory for managers.in conclusion, an advance study is vitally important in order to get a higher recognition in the future. and even if you are already employed, getting an mba degree can help get you into the

  22. them is not known. as it started

    during that time, it wasn’t until 1999 that individuals really got into blogging.the very first blogs were just personal commentaries and mainly web tours. it’s ironic these blogs were initially regarded as diaries or journals online. however, they h…

  23. difficult. it requires the author of the

    article to stick too some basic guidelines and some simple rules. the whole purpose of writing an effective article in my opinion, is to provide information with value that is clear and concise, yet does not waffle or meander for too

  24. enough research. they are all important. google

    is just became your best friend because it will provide you with all of the necessary information to successfully accomplish these tasks if you dig deep enough. you can not make money in affiliate marketing unless you follow each of those

  25. looking templates but unlike blogger, wordpress does

    not allow you to customize the available templates to the same degree.these two blogging platforms qualify to be the biggest blog site. blogger is the winner when it comes to setting up a free blog. you can get started with your

  26. people have been or have not been

    generous in recent years. you can find certain charities that appeal to you and implore your readers to take a second look at how they operate and whether they are worthwhile.web educational resourcesthere is an infinite library which is generally alwa…

  27. content writer, you receive this quality required

    for a good blog.higher quantity availableblogs require a consistent and frequent level of updating but they also need more posts to get extra readership and visibility. the more posts that a blog has on a regular basis, the better it will

  28. research so that what you are trying

    to put forth is found by your target audience.once you have all of this information you want to use, your ghost can put it all together in a coherent and organized structure that makes sense. from there she can write it

  29. implement some seo techniques. there are companies

    that can write the seo articles for you, or you can write your own seo articles. if you are a blog writer and want to do this, it might be important for you to find out more information on how to

  30. in large, high quality format. the site

    require sign up, and also offers premium images below and above the search results returned. they also ask that you leave a message so that the image creators know how their work is being used (fair enough really!) morgue file –

  31. were to write an article about dog

    training, i would have 3 ideas to write about.my article would be about training a dog to sit. then, i would teach 3 methods for doing so. developing the right article writing skill is crucial for creating well written articles. and

  32. content.proficiencymost successful bloggers are at least proficient

    in the language they blog in. it’s incredibly difficult to read a poorly written blog. they might not be the best writer in the world, but they have a good enough handle on things that they get their point across clearly.

  33. Kevin Achee says:

    explore causes and reasons for current or

    historical events, or recount lessons learned from significant life experiences. good essay writing can be merely descriptive, but the best essays are also persuasive.a very basic form of essay is the five-paragraph theme, which is taught in most high…

  34. Breana Brees says:

    a job application, they will require even

    more specific dates such as the exact date you started and ended the position. therefore, take some time and think of each position you’ve had, the title, the supervisor, the months/years, and whether you will agree to let the potential employer

  35. and traffic. if you are planning on

    starting your own blog, it’s essential that you host your blog yourself if you want to make money online. to choose the best host, there are a few things you need to consider to pick the best blog host out there.

  36. is definitely up for discussion. many people

    believe that 16 pixels should be the ideal font size. personally i think a font size of 12 or 14 pixels is perfectly big enough. if you are writing a blog specifically for a target audience that may have issues with