I just wanted to share this lovely Roman Plane with interested Lumberjocks & suddenly I’m confronted with BLOGs, scripted windows & HTMLs and other stuff that the Romans would never have dreamed of. I certainly don’t know what I’m doing but I’ll give it a go.
This unique Roman woodworking plane (known as The Goodmanham Roman Plane) with a stock made of ivory was found near the village of Goodmanham, East Yorkshire, England in the summer of 2000, during the excavation of a pipeline for BP Chemicals. It dates to the 4th Century AD. Length is 13” / 330mm. One of my intentions is, when time permits, to produce a replica (of course, ivory is out!) in maybe boxwood or beech. Although I believe mock ivory is available but I’m uncertain of its workability. It would be my first attempt at a plane. Is it too ambitious, having a steel/iron soleplate? I’m really keen to find out how it would have handled & functioned. The local museum that displays it would be interested too.
-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems