|Project by RusticJohn||posted 02-04-2013 06:15 AM||1570 views||5 times favorited||22 comments|
This is my latest work. A rather ornate Krenov style smoothing plane made of Matai and Oak. The front knob has the head of an old warrior and the wedge has his entourage, a woman and a singing Friar. All vaguely medieval. It is to be put up for sale at a Wellington Museum/Gallery in the next couple of days.
The plane is fully functional although many who buy others of mine tend not to use them. I do, but I suppose I can always make another if I damage one of mine. Matai, a native wood of New Zealand, is good for plane making as it is quite hard with a dense honey coloured grain. Its not the easiest for carving fine detail however as small pieces tend to flake off. I have had to make a special set of carving knives with curved sliding cut blades to get a good result. The heads of the Woman and the Friar are only about 40 mm high so features like the folds under the eyes are only about 1mm wide and 1mm deep.
The head of the Warrior was quite tricky to carve as 4 pieces of wood with grain running in different directions meet there. I had to also develop a special set of fine scrapers on a handle like a pencil to get a fine finish on the grain.
A fun project to work on but time consuming. It took a month, off and on, as my eyes tend to give up after and hour or two of fine carving. Taking time out to make the knives and scrapers adds to the duration.