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Project by RusticJohn posted 437 days ago 1632 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a second plane destined for the local Gallery/Museum. Its not an original design but one I rather like. The face with the protruding tongue is very similar to the carved Maori Tiki face that is very well known in this country. Strictly speaking I should have put tattoos on the face but as I am not of Maori origin I don’t feel right about doing this.

The wood is New Zealand Kauri, one of our more famous woods. Used for ships masts in the old days. The sole is Jarrah. I wouldn’t normally use Kauri for a plane as it is a little bit soft but it is so iconic I just had to. The traditional wedge set up and a hard wood sole seem to have overcome the limitations of the wood. Not the easiest to carve for fine detail but the use of my special slice cutting knives proved very successful. The blade is an old recycled one that has been cut down to the size required.

I still have one plane more to finish. It is based on the body of a rather ornate fish.

-- RusticJohn





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 437 days ago

These are way cool John great and unique planes.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 437 days ago

Now this should be on Cool Tools!!!!! Very nice, love it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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MShort

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#3 posted 437 days ago

Cool design John. He spits wood. LOL !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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deon

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#4 posted 437 days ago

Lovely piece. Well done!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 437 days ago

I love your carved planes John. This one crazy good and it looks like it would fit the hand well too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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sras

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#6 posted 436 days ago

Fun design! I bet it looks interesting when shavings start coming out!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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bfergie

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#7 posted 436 days ago

That is just awesome!

-- Fergie in CO

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RusticJohn

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#8 posted 436 days ago

Thanks for the complements everyone. I will probably move my standard plane shape to more like this one with carvings over the entire body. Trouble is it takes so much time. Cheers – RusticJohn.

-- RusticJohn

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 436 days ago

Awesome tool and the beautiful carving makes it unique and interesting.

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Woodbridge

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#10 posted 436 days ago

thats is really great. Great carving really cool plane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Bagtown

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#11 posted 435 days ago

Wow.
I love it.
Beautiful.
It shows the time in it.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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heinztools

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#12 posted 101 days ago

Hi RusticJohn,

I have noticed that you have copied this plane, that I have copyrighted. I work very hard to come up with original designs. Please don’t copy and sell my designs.

John Heinz

heinztools.com

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RusticJohn

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#13 posted 101 days ago

I have only become aware of your plane in the last few days.

-- RusticJohn

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