The Slippery Slope #5: Planes of an entirely different sort

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 02-08-2013 08:17 PM 2141 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have made an acquaintance with an accomplished engraver who has taken some beautiful high-end planes to an entirely different level with the addition of one-of-a-kind engraving work. Obviously this represents hours of detailed work with SEVERE attention to detail. I thought that some of you that have a place in your smoother stable for collectors pieces should see these.

Catherine had this to say about them: “I have 2 planes for sale: #3 Stanley for $400 and the LieNeilsen #62 Jack plane, inlaid with brass, bronze and copper, for $900. The lattter won the Artistic Uniqueness Award at the Firearms Engravers Guild of Americas show in Reno end of Jan. Quite the show piece!”

I heartily agrre. If anyone is serious about needing_ one of these, please send me a private message and I will put you together with her.

Whadda ya think, Wayne C. You should have one, IMHO

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 08:23 PM

incredible! thanks for sharing!

-- John - Central PA -

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 09:25 PM

wow Douglas, these are incredible, these are for sure works of wonder…i don’t think i can look at a normal plane the same anymore…thanks for this post, these are just beautiful….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 09:27 PM

Wow… that is some serious eye candy!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 09:35 PM

very nice eyecatchers and conversation pieces
but I refuse since I couldn´t bring them to the workbench…. sadly I am a user not collecter :-)

thanks for sharing Douglas

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 09:45 PM

I love these. I have a friend that does similar work on old guns (typically old Colt revolvers). I’ve tried to talk him into doing some planes but he’s just to busy with guns.

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 12:06 AM

Douglas, they are magnificent.
Reminds me of my old engraved shotgun. Destroyed it when the new gun laws came in down under.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 01:36 AM

Thanks for the tool porn. ;)

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 01:41 AM

Is he doing this BY HAND?

Or with a laser or CNC machine?

Either way… it is beautiful work! BRAVO

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 02:49 AM

Engraving steel and doing those inlays is a huge task. This guy is a master!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 05:05 AM

She is a master engraver who does this entirely by hand, no gimmicks – magnified lens, a steady hand and a graver and some texturing stamps. Among her completed projects was a No.2 Bailey pattern Stanley. Rare as hen’s teeth to begin with, and then elevated to the realm of art. I can’t even imagine the pucker factor involved in working on these high-end beauties. Just as non-wood folks occasionally marvel at we can do with a hunk of wood, I have always been awed at what the metal folk can do (LJs Wiktor Siwanowicz and Dalbergian come to mind). My Dad was a tool and die man for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad coming up in his career. None of those genes came my way.

I’m hoping that in our wide audience here someone wants to take one home. Just to be clear, I have no skin in this game, just trying to see that she gets a wider audience for her work. I would be happy to pass along any interest here, and allow the buyer and seller to negotiate terms between themselves.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 10:22 PM

sad so few have read this blog …. I´m sure she would have 50 K fans if all L J´s looked in :-)
since we all admire great looking tools


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#12 posted 02-09-2013 11:59 PM

Beautiful, just beautiful.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 02-10-2013 03:47 PM

Dennis I’ll give it a bump up the queue. I agree.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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