The Romance of Shea Handplanes

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-18-2009 06:16 AM 1190 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was a good day in the shop.

I was really in the zone. I had a good rhythm going and knew every move I was going to make before I made it.

The icing on the cake was to pull my Shea handplane from the shelf and make the necessary adjustments to the material for a pro fit. It slides like it is on wet ice and it just feels good in hand.

I did not try the make the thinnest and longest curl for the record. I simply needed to shave some wood and the plane did it willingly. It was an extension of my body. I really enjoyed my day in the shop and particularly those moments with my Shea plane in hand.

Shea handplane

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 03-18-2009 06:55 AM

That is some very fine shaving.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 03-18-2009 08:32 AM

In the zone…DebbieP (I think) wrote something about that feeling awhile back, and some other jocks mentioned the Flow phenomena. I tried to link to the Wikipedia article about it but the link ends with a close parenthesis, and it does not work on this page. Just Google: Flow (Psychology). It says it all.

It’s a great shop day when it happens, and it’s a Todd Clippinger thing to show gratitude and pay back the love for Mike’s fine work and great gift.

You’re a good man, Todd.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 03-18-2009 02:29 PM

I hope that you have many more of them Todd.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 03-18-2009 03:50 PM

Sweet little plane, Todd.

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#5 posted 03-18-2009 06:05 PM

I wish I had one of those….Mike, you can be my new best friend!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 03-19-2009 02:45 AM

Those shavings are a work of art

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#7 posted 03-31-2009 01:33 AM

hahaha that is so cool. im so glad you use it. and it looks like its taking good shavings. i havnt been on lumberjock in months. i also havnt woodworked in months. my craftsman sears table saw took a dump and it was unrepairable. it is still brand new and under waranty but sears wont fix or replace it. sears is the biggest piece of junk company ever. im still dealing with it and still havnt been in the shop because of it. it was nice to log on today and see this blog. it reminds me how much fun i have had in the shop especialy when things are flowing like you mentioned. a 4th and final technition is coming out tomarow to hopefully solve my problem. untill then hope everyone is still having fun in the shop. later todd

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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