I bumped into these 2 union guys over the weekend.
Ohh you thought there was gonna be a couple of ironworkers with spud wrenches and beaters? Instead i had a good week hunting hand planes or possibly them hunting me. The #4 was given to me by my father inlaw who had it kicking around in his garage for who knows how long. And the #3 i ran into at an antique shop.
I had never seen a union brand plane before this and then 2 in one week, good clean livin i tell ya. Looking deeper at the #4 its got an old stanley iron, but damn its awful short. Ever seen one ground this far down?
I havent done much research on the Union brand but i know theyre local to Connecticut and operated right until around 1920. If anyone knows any more about it id be glad to hear.
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty