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#1 posted 04-05-2011 09:50 PM

^I couldn’t agree more! On all accounts, really. I don’t find the prices of this custom modern planes to be anything unsightly for the art involved, a nearly lost art until rather recently it seems. I own a sprinkling of Lie Nielsens but that’s because they’re ready to go out of the box & I can’t afford the Stanley miters, etc. No handplane that’s unwilling to work is allowed in my shop. If I won the lottery, I’d own a Holtey, and I’d drag it across dirty boards and toss it in with the rest of the guys (like Mads’ fairy tale). For a commercial collection like Lee Valley’s, I can understand preserving the history of an early Victor Bailey but in my shop, no one just gets admired. There are probably rich lucky ba$tards that use Holteys, but I bet there aren’t many of them.

Paul Hamler planes are a different story. I know many owners (me included) that own them and use them hard. One guy had to reorder irons because he’d worn his down! Now that’s a guy I like.

Paul Hamler custom

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

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