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Extremely Average #172: Hand Plane Tribe

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 1496 days ago 874 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello LJ’s,

What a day! I got a present from a LJ reader of my blog. I didn’t know it was coming, he just sent it. The best part is that he just labeled the box Brian Meeks, Martelle, Iowa. No address or p.o. box, but since I live in a town of 280, where everyone knows everyone else, that was plenty. It made me and the post master chuckle. I received 3 hand planes and a spokeshave, in great condition. So tonight’s blog is about my new hand planes that have joined my collection, and of course, there are pictures.

http://su.pr/8iS8CR

Thanks Fellow LJ ( I am not sure if he wants his identity revealed, so for now, I will just say he is one of the great folks who hangs out at LJ)

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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canadianchips

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#1 posted 1496 days ago

Perfect. I knew it would be a good read.
Even if they have NO WORK permit for USA, put them to work. lol

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Ecocandle

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#2 posted 1496 days ago

I intend to do that. First step, sharpening!!! I am so excited I can barely stand it. You Rock! Your planes will be well loved here in the states.

Did you notice that I named them all after famous Canadian Hockey players?

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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David Craig

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#3 posted 1496 days ago

This is a great story Brian and Perry, one that is not uncommon on Lumberjocks but never fails to bring a smile to my face. I will have to say Brian, it does make me wonder what would have happened if there were an interesting quirk about Martelle, Iowa. What if half the population were named Brian Meeks? What if the nickname for the town amongst the locals was Meeksville. For reasons unknown, individuals named Brian Meeks, migrated from all over the country to Martelle. And now, there is this dilemma. A package of unknown contents arrives in this little town, but without the details to help tell one Brian from another. Will this cherished package of planes make its way to the proper Brian? Or will the package become hopelessly trapped in the inner sanctum of the Martelle post office, never to be delivered?

Sound like a premise worth playing with? I would love to see you try your hand at such a plot.

Congratulations on your gift and kudoes to Perry for his kindness to another LJ.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Ecocandle

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#4 posted 1496 days ago

David,

It reminds me of a time in the summer of 1986, I had just finished my freshman year at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. My best friend, Rodney Sullivan “Sully” lived in Lisbon, which is near Martelle. Lisbon is a town of about 3000, and I sent him a letter, I addressed it “Sully, Lisbon, Iowa” and it made it to him, even though is brother, father, grandfather, all went by ‘Sully’ too. But he was the most ‘Sully’!

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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David Craig

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#5 posted 1496 days ago

So in order for his brother to get a letter, it would have to be addressed to “The Sully that is almost, but not quite as Sully as Sully, Lisbon, Iowa?”

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Ecocandle

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#6 posted 1496 days ago

David,

Yes, that is correct! Or one could use ‘Andy’, but that would be too confusing.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1495 days ago

fantastic to hear this kind of story , big big smile on my face and a litte tear in my eye
what a unbelieveble wonderfull gift to resieve from a great man,
congratĀ“s with your new tools ,it starting to be a nice little collection you have
hold them free of rust and they will bring you a lot of joy the next many years

thankĀ“s for sharing your happy moment

take care Brian
Dennis

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Ecocandle

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#8 posted 1495 days ago

Dennis,

You are welcome. It is still amazing to me. Last night, before I went to bed. I went back down stairs and just looked at them all again. I had to pick up and hold each of the blades for the 45, and just smile. I love my new planes.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1495 days ago

Sounds like David’s(patron)is up to more of his kind adventures.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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canadianchips

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#10 posted 1493 days ago

(Just for laughs) So this is what happenined that morning 2 weeks ago. The night before I read the blog about how you have names for your tools. (I chuckle every time) I went into my shop that night and talked to my collection. Who wants to go join the MEEKS gang ? The stanley 78 was the first to come forward. (Knowing they are a dime a dozen and this might be ” ITS” only chance to become famous.I say “IT” because the stanley has a spot for placing the blade in either front or back, similar to the Earthworm, this makes me think “IT’ might be gender neutral. Next to come forward was the Stanley 45. This was a tougher decision. Since I have so many of them, I waas the one to decide who goes. (Type 1 through 20) Of course I wouldn’t let the type 1 go (I don’t have one) but if I did it wouldn’t go. The type 1 is a show model. This man wants to learn how to use these. If he has a show model it would sit on the shelf like eveyone else’s. (Brsides, his blogs are GOOD but not that good …..(Just joking). Type 2,3 and 4 are nice to look at and work with…BUT the adjustment of the blade is harder to do. (No depth wheel YET) So now we are narrowing it down. MY type 20. CANADIAN MADE. and prisitne condition. EVEN I don’t use it, take it out of the box with silk gloves on !!!!!!! I could send my “JOHNY CASH CADILLAC special ! Picked it up 1 piece at a time, didn’t cost me a dime. Parts from almost every TYPE that was made. (The Meeks gang would laugh if that one showed up) So I chose the one that went, reasonable amount of nickel plating, almost all parts (no cam,sorry !) and 1 set of blades. The stanley 50’s didn’t want to go, they were all embarrased about how small and light they are, They were concerned that if they went with the few blades I have they would be mocked ! I reassued them that the owner of the “Meeks gang” does his research and he will not let a 50 does what it was not designed to do. So “Wayne” came forward.(Always ready for a game eh!)Last was the Stanley # 80 scraper. An Made in England version. When I picked it off the hanger the first thing I heard “Do they have a PUB in Martelle ?”The English really enjoy there pubs.Next question I heard from # 80 ” Bloody L, is he going to use me or will I just hang on the peg like you had me do ? ” I thought to myself, you hang on my peg because I really don’t think you work that well, I know, its the way I try to burnish your edge, BUT my 112 works a lot better,” I couldn’t tell him that, so I just said, okay, “Wanker” in the box”.
I did have a few jealous planes left behind. A number 6 that really wants to go, a number 71 router with granny tooth and #26 transitional model and a 35 transitional . Maybe one day !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Ecocandle

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#11 posted 1492 days ago

That was a delightful addition. May I copy and paste it into my comments on the blog, so all might enjoy it?

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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