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duck call (and a Paul Hamler scraper insert for Mads)

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Project by Bertha posted 01-15-2011 03:04 PM 2507 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned cocobolo duck call with aluminum dual reed. Very throaty.

But why I’m really here:
This is a Paul Hamler scraper plane insert that was gifted to me by the man himself (genius combination of mechanical engineer, woodworker, and artist). I would be happy to take detailed measurements for anyone who’d like to recreate this beauty.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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mafe

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 03:37 PM

Thank you!
Yes he impressed me again and again. When I look at his stuff, I think that a man needed 10 lives to get to the skill level he did in one with so many diciplines, but most of all he was a inventer, and this I admired deeply, and this is why I have a deep respect for his attempts on this scraper plane, there were so many.
For those who did not hear of him: Hamlertools
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 03:38 PM

Sorry, and a nice duck call, I have to get the plans for one of these one day.

I think you should make us a blog where you show all your favorite tools, and tell us the storys. This is better than to post them here in the projects, and this way we can get more details.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bertha

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 03:43 PM

You’re so welcome, Mads. I share your deep respect for the man. Like you describe, he has advanced skill sets that would impress any subset of members on this site. He casts bronze planes, scrimshaws ivory, inlays fine furniture, executes complicated joinery, engraves, restores antique tools, recreates rare tools, and even builds boards/codes software for CNCs. He represents one of those unobtainable goals that we’re always trying to reach.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 04:15 PM

nice call Bertha .-)
but I´m curius about this scraper
is it surposed to be attasch to a lathe-toolrest or what ?

Mads thank´s for the link I have seen a few of his planes before :-) waauoow enoff said :-)

take care
Dennis

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 05:47 PM

Just will not let us old guys set and relax, could not explain what a scraper plane insert was. I had to go
look at Hamler’s site and almost ruined my keyboard before I got my drool cloth in place. Talk about a
bad case of tool envy, and if the Hamler cannot afford the tool, he just sets down and makes it, did not
even get a chance to find out if his minature Kentucky rifles are accurate, with a man like that you are
certain that they will work. Bertha are you remodeling a plane body to take the insert, or like most of
us are you going to have to buy one set up? I am curious about the installation of the insert and your
reaction to the cutting action, please keep us up to date. Thank you for sharing and making us dream
those impossible dreams.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Bertha

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 06:41 PM

Mads, thanks for the advice. I’m still new to navigating this site. To Bluegrass and others, the scraper insert is designed to replace the frog on a stanley-type bed. It allows for incident angle adjustment and should attack any grain. As Mads mentioned, many have tried; few have succeeded in designing such an insert. I’ve been waiting for just the right plane to drop this into. Important decision. Cover your eyes, Mads, but I’m considering dropping it into a bronze body Lie Nielsen, simply for the dramatic appearance & heft. I could probably Ebay off the Nielsen guts. I haven’t decided on a platform yet, smoother v. jack, etc. Out of respect for its maker, I want this tool to be heavily used & not just admired. For that same reason, I should probably choose a bedrock. If you follow the link to Hamler’s wax machine (if you can stomach the level of project he takes on), you’ll see a few of these tools prepped for lost wax casting.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 07:05 PM

thank´s for the explanation Bertha :-)

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rance

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 12:25 AM

I don’t know what that other doohickey is doing in the post but that sure is a nice Duck Call. I’d be interested in the innerworkings and some of the build. Did you build or buy the reed parts?

Rance (mostly a power tool guy, obviously)

PS: No disrespect meant to Mr. Hamler’s work. I looked at his site. He has some amazing craftsmanship.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bertha

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 12:57 AM

Hey Rance, the inner reed assembly was purchased but the vendor’s name is escaping me. I’d love to talk duck calls with you, especially since I haven’t made any since I moved to WV from TN. Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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OregonBurls

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#10 posted 04-07-2011 09:51 PM

Nice looking Call! needs burl!!! LOL!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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Bertha

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#11 posted 04-07-2011 09:52 PM

^Ha! Got me OB! It most certainly does…and one soon will!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Laserdude

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#12 posted 05-27-2011 08:04 PM

Hey Al…...that is one mighty fine duck call. Also like the scraper too. I just bought my first hand scraper from Veritas last year, and man it works like a charm. I can see why people like to use them

-- Dave

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Bertha

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#13 posted 05-27-2011 08:09 PM

Thanks, Laser! I posted this when I just started Lumberjocks and I was trying to get around the wood-only requirement, something that’s gotten me into a considerable amount of trouble since:) This scraper insert is designed to be dropped into a bedrock and it’s a joy to use. I love scrapers, just like you do. If you don’t have one yet, grab yourself and old Stanley #81. You can Ebay one for $20 or so. I use the #81 after planing and before card scraping. Everyone that owns one seems to really love it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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