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Another Roman plane #1: Taking shape

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 04-10-2009 10:21 PM 3322 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the first couple of centuries or so A.D, The Germani tribe was dominant in northern Denmark. Following military victories, it was their tradition to hurl war booty into the nearest bog!

Just near Odense, is a massive bog called Vimose containing a considerable quantity of these war booty sacrifices. In the 1860s excavations took place there and the peaty conditions preserved a large number of wooden objects including two wooden planes, probably made by the Romans, now known as Vimose A and B. Vimose A is in remarkable condition and I am currently making a reconstruction, in boxwood, the same material as the original.

See the December 2008 issue of The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association for a paper on this and other planes from the first millennium AD.

The plane measures only about 10” long x 1.5” wide and has a sole that is hollow which indicates that it was used to make handles for spears and lances.

The replica will eventually be placed in a private museum in Yorkshire.

I am grateful to the most helpful south of England woodturner George Foweraker kindly providing the beautiful piece of boxwood when I couldn’t locate a suitable piece. Carving is pretty well new to me, but I was pleased with the way that the boxwood worked.

Here’s the progress I’ve made so far

I’m awaiting some information on the exact angle of the iron from Denmark’s National Museum before I can finish the task…... Some time later Here's the finished plane

Oh, and here’s my first Roman Plane.. Click for details

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems



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woodbutcherer

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#1 posted 04-10-2009 10:33 PM

Ooohhh!!

I loved the last Roman plane. Seeing a new one take shape has me giddy as a school girl!

I am jealous of you for having the right contacts to be able to replicate these objects.

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#2 posted 04-10-2009 11:05 PM

Fascinating!

I’m sure the replica will be much finer than the original!

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

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#3 posted 04-10-2009 11:07 PM

Stewart. A fantstik trip you are taking.. I’m very glad that you are doing this for a museaum.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 12:56 AM

hope you will give us a demo before the museum gets it!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#5 posted 04-11-2009 03:18 AM

Another great job Stewart. Those Romans sure were craftsmen.

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#6 posted 04-11-2009 03:33 AM

WOW

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 09:49 PM

Amazing! I love history and recreating period crafts, so this is right up my alley.

badger

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#8 posted 04-12-2009 10:47 PM

Glad it’s given some pleasure folks. It’ll certainly get some use before the handover kiwi1969; I’ll report back. I often use the one with the metal soleplate.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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badger

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#9 posted 04-14-2009 01:43 AM

Other than that article (which I am working on getting a copy of eventually) what are some good sources for information and pictures of early (medieval or roman) planes and woodworking tools?

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#10 posted 04-15-2009 12:17 AM

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#11 posted 04-19-2009 09:32 PM

Thanks! I’ll take a look through those.

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#12 posted 04-24-2009 02:56 PM

I really like this plane. Quite beautiful. You have done an excellent job on the reproduction.

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#13 posted 11-04-2009 05:56 AM

Great job , Stewart….did you ever finish it ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 11-12-2009 10:01 PM

Hello Dusty56 . Here is the finished plane. I should have provided a link before now!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#15 posted 11-13-2009 07:06 AM

Thanks for the link , Stewart…it certainly came out nice : ) While I have your attention , Sir ….Happy Holidays to you and yours and keep up the fantastic craftsmanship !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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