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Forum topic by SurfHunter posted 05-06-2016 09:08 PM 572 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SurfHunter

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05-06-2016 09:08 PM

Looking for some assistance Identifying this plane that I picked up at a Flea market for $3.00.

Its stamped:

L.P. Holmes
BERWICK.ME

MS HOLMES stamped multiple times on the front and rear..

I’d like to know whats missing besides Iron, what the holes are for.

she’s 16” long, 2 1/2” tall, 2 7/8” wide

I tried finding out some information, but just havent come across anything, but this.

WARRIOR CREEK. ( Pocket Books # 6113). Rivalry between two ranchers explodes into a deadly Range War!
Matt Stuart [Also Writes as; L.P. Holmes, Dave Hardin, Perry Westwood]
L. P. Holmes
Author
Born: January 4, 1895, Breckenridge, CO
Died: December 30, 1988, Napa, CA
Awards: Medicine Pipe Bearer Award

Matt Stuart and Llewellyn Perry Holmes

-- It’s not the hours you put in, but what you put into the hours that count.


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mako1

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#1 posted 05-06-2016 09:30 PM

I doubt you’ll find any info .This was a plane made by a cabinetmaker for his personal use. I’ve done several for my personal use in the style of what James Krenov does.They work well and are stamped.Maybe 50 years from now someone will be here looking for info on mine. Forgot to mention that you will need to make a wooden wedge to hold the iron in.It will need to be fitted between the two shoulders .The iron is set to the proper depth and then the wedge tapped with a mallet to secure it.

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Rollie

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#2 posted 05-06-2016 09:39 PM

It is a double iron plane. You will need an iron and cap iron as well as a wedge. Mouth looks as though it might be a bit wide, still make a nice try plane.

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Don W

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#3 posted 05-14-2016 10:45 PM

Your plane was made by I.P. Holmes in Berwick, ME circa 1810. Its a fairly rare plane with only 50-100 examples known.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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SurfHunter

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 02:53 AM

Thank You Don,

Can you direct me to any info about the history or the maker if possible? would you know a ballpark value for this?

-- It’s not the hours you put in, but what you put into the hours that count.

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Don W

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#5 posted 05-18-2016 01:57 AM

I don’t have much more for you. Its unlikely the value is much.unless you happen to find a specific collector.

The problem with the wooden planes there are so many makers, and so few collectors, and even less users.

These are great old tools with lots of history. I typically find if I wait long enough, I eventually find more information.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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