|Project by RusticJohn||posted 03-01-2011 01:38 AM||3241 views||9 times favorited||17 comments|
I like making weird planes that mix up nice carving with a beautifully working tool. These planes have been made for an exhibition and sale that my Guild is having at a local Museum and Art Gallery (called Pataka, in Porirua, New Zealand). They will be part of a larger exhibition featuring woodturning and carving.
The first is the “Mournful Spaniel” box plane” made out of Jarrah and Oak. It was quite difficult to carve as the wood was very hard and much of the work was in the end grain. About 5 inches long.
The next is the “Two Monks ” smoothing plane made out of a Hawaiian hardwood and Maple. I didn’t have enough of the Hawaiian wood to make all of it. Lovely worker that cuts wood with a silky smooth finish.
Then there is the “Weary Granny” rebate plane with a grandchild on the wedge. Its face was only about 3/4 inch in diameter and so required some very fine carving. I have had to make special knives to do this as I just can’t buy what I want. Especially here where specialist things are hard to come by at the best of times. A NZ wood called Rewarewa was used.
Lastly the “Woman With Headscarf” scraper plane also in Jarrah. I normally make my planes with a wedge but it didn’t suit the shape and the utility of this one. To add complication the blade is at a sloped and inclined angle which made the wedge impractical.
I would love to see more work by other plane makers. Perhaps we can all inspire each other and at take weird plane making to new heights.