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Forum topic by layne posted 08-31-2011 07:07 PM 5826 views 4 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2011 07:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley planes hand engraving layne zuelke cajun handplanes engraved planes lie-nielsen plane restoration restored plane handplane stanley 4 block plane chaplins patent

I’m new to this forum and I thought I’d introduce myself by showing ya’ll some of my work. I run a little shop called Cajun Handplanes in Baton Rouge. I specialize in the restoration and Hand Engraving of Stanley and other planes. Now that I’m up and running full time, I’d appreciate some input and critique of the work. Family and friends always love what you do but I think the critique of strangers is the most telling. Hope you guys like these planes and please drop me a line if you like the work or would like to commision a job. You can see a bunch more photos of my work on my website.
Layne Zuelke

-- "Life is short, Art is long."

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 07:20 PM

Nice work.
Do you use a Graver Max or similar machine, or is that purely hand power?
I see a couple of your gravers in the photos.
I didn’t know grey iron could be engraved like that.

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 07:20 PM

Very nice work ! I’m not sure what collectors think of them, but I can certainly apreciate the art form, a continuation of a long standing tradition.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 07:56 PM

As one who has been a bit of gun engraving, I will say that I like your work on planes! Perhaps I should pull out the ol’ dusty Gravermeister and adorn some of my tools. I like both your designs and your execution. Nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 08:07 PM

can you teach me to do that!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 08-31-2011 08:10 PM

Wow,It does make a statement. I like it! Who cares what the collectors think,this is art and IMO should be on a tool that is used. I can think of a couple of planes that I use almost daily that the engraving would elevate it from a rather commonplace tool to a VERY special one.
Thanks for sharing,great work.

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 08:12 PM

I’ve admired your work on eBay many times.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 08-31-2011 08:50 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I’ve been happily suprised by collectors and I’ve engraved quite a few rare planes for folks all over the world. The rule of fine engraving is, like the hypocrtic oath. First do no harm. In any engraving , the finished piece should be worth more than what the tool or gun was worth as it sat, by the value of the engraving applied. I do know that my work has risen in value over the last year as collectors have been willing to pay more for the work. I let the market dictate. It is definately an investment.

-- "Life is short, Art is long."

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 12:53 AM

Those are beyond beautiful. Very nice work Layne. How long does it usually take to engrave a plane?

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 01:17 AM

wonderful work.welcome to Ljs

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#10 posted 09-01-2011 01:24 AM

I’ve seen your work on ebay and I’ve loved the results. Maybe sometime soon I can toss a plane or two your way, I’ve got one I’d love to have done.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#11 posted 09-01-2011 01:30 AM

Very nice. I had seen your work a number of times on ebay. Good to see you on the site.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 09-01-2011 03:52 AM

Beautiful work, and Welcome to Lumberjocks!


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#13 posted 09-01-2011 08:32 AM

Thanks again guys for the comments. This is about the most active woodworking forum I’ve ever experienced. To answer the question about how long it takes to engrave a plane, It depends. A #4 would be a good place to start. A standard scroll engraving takes around 4-6 hours. If I add a punchdot background to that it adds another 2 hours at minimum. It is time consuming work but then again all good precision handwork is. Woodworkers of all people know this. I love to do it though so the time goes by. And, every job is different. My neck, back, elbows and wrist do pay the price though!

-- "Life is short, Art is long."

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#14 posted 09-01-2011 08:51 AM

Nice work! What processes do you go through when restoring a plane, prior to engraving?

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#15 posted 09-02-2011 05:13 AM

I assume you did the engraving on Chris Schwarz’s #5 the he likes to photograph and feature in his DVDs.

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