First blog post – ever….anywhere….so, please:
and bear over with me… I mean well…
This short blog post is about a small restauration project; in this case me trying to fix something into its former glory of which I know very little.
First off I should give credit where credit is due. If it hadn’t been for my encounter with Lumberjocks very own Mafe and my subsequent meeting with him at his workshop less than two weeks later, this would not be written. No story to tell. But as fate would have it I ran into someone who expressed a wanting for something I have in abundance and so I reached out.
Mafe http://lumberjocks.com/mafe wrote about our meeting in his blog http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/94218 in kind words. As a completely unexpected parting gift he gave me a japanese kanna in need of love and attention, the kind of attention only woodworkers give to things of wood and egdged steel.
(Thank you Mads, it was both kind and very generous of you) Note the Mafe signature branding on corner of the body – very cool.
The blade had been given a somewhat rough handed treatment from Japan before being sold off. This had clearly, to me, not been done by its user but by its seller. A tool that carries so much history and so many signs of wear and caring attention woundn’t have meet with a bench-/angle grinder all of a sudden. But that is just speculation.
I’ll refrain from too many very poor progress snaps of me doing my best to revive the hefty little iron – the feel of the weight, its shape and the signs of wear just never gets old.
Here’s a snap however of the back getting as close to working order as I’ll get:
... and another of the cutting edge:
The body of the plane needs more than what is feasible or makes sense in my hands – which is a darn shame as a well worn and used piece of oak is about as good as it gets in my book. The future for this blade will be a new body made of a seasoned piece of oak I kept from a restauration job on a traditional post and beam (bindingsvaerk) I worked on some years back. I think that particular piece of timber is somewhere between 500 and 600 years old, hard as stone, tough as iron. What better use?!
The reason for a new plane body:
Thanks for reading, please throw some advise or thoughts my way if you have ideas or input.