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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 03-29-2009 08:54 PM 1846 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
Was embarrassed to see my last blog entry here was many hundreds of days ago. So I guess an update is in order?
I’ve been building lots of wooden planes – in fact, so many that I have now made the change to full-time wooden planemaker. The only professional wooden planemaker in the UK, something that fills me with pride in keeping this centuries old art alive.
Last year I attended five woodwork shows (one in the USA – WIA in Berea) to demonstrate my planes and get some feedback from fellow woodworkers. And this year I am expanding my business by selling planes through other tool sellers, as well as introducing new models. Its an exciting time, and there are never enough minutes in the day. Turning a hobby into a career is a big shock – having to pay the bills puts a different spin on things and certainly helps focus the mind. But I’m still going and have big plans for this year.

So, apologies for not keeping current on this site. By the time I keep my planes site updated and work on my blog there’s not too much time left for browsing. But I’ll try and help out where I can – if anyone has questions on planemaking just send me a message.
Cheers
Phil

Skew Miter Plane



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#1 posted 03-29-2009 09:03 PM

I was wondering how your plane business was going. Glad to see it is going well. I’m still enjoying my miter plane.

I may make it across the pond to London next month. Any places you would recommend visiting from a woodworking / tool perspective?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 09:16 PM

Wayne
Business is still going! I have good months and not so good months, but in this current economic climate I’m just pleased to be surviving. I have lots of stuff in the pipeline so I’ll keep you updated as things come to fruition.
Sorry- can’t really recommend anywhere in London from a tool perspective. Plenty to see and do, though :)
Best regards
Phil

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 09:30 PM

I hear ya about the economic climate. If things were better, I would be talking with you about a new smoother…...

Actually I think it is an off chance I will get to go, it is work related and I am not sure I will get approved. If I do I may try to visit a flea market or some boot sales. See if I can come across a handle for my Record T5.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 09:35 PM

nice to hear the work front in town is good phil not so good on the coast here tho just taking one week as it comes but one good thing is im getting things done around the house which the wife likes lol…....

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 10:16 PM

Philip, that plane looks fantastic….what type of wood is that?
I am so glad to hear things are going that way!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#6 posted 11-07-2009 09:28 PM

Any current news or new projects? Been a while since I have seen you around.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 11:07 AM

HI Wayne
Good to hear from you !
News? Still making planes, full-time. And still loving it!
I have a very exciting new plane on the bench at the moment – I’ll be revealing it later in the week. I’ll make sure to post it here.
I’m also building a new porch for the house from Oak, which should be complete in a month or so.
Cheers
Phil

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