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Forum topic by layne posted 07-30-2012 04:09 AM 4358 views 3 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2012 04:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley planes plane handplane hand engraving engraved plane cajun handplanes layne zuelke lie nielsen

After a 6 month break I am back at the engraving bench. If you have never seen my work, stop by and have a look at my site. Just search on Cajunhandplanes.
I am one of the only people in the country doing this sort of work.
I’d love opinions. I’ve had a couple of folks recently tell me I’m destroying the value of old Stanleys by engraving them. I’ve never seen it this way anymore than engraving would destroy the value of a fine shotgun. I suppose it has to do with the fact that guns are traditionally engraved while planes have not been aside from rare occasions.
I do know that the value of my engraved planes has risen steadily in the last 3 years. I intend to make it a tradition to have ones favorite tools engraved just like your favorite Colt. I think it is the ultimate way to show off a traditional, hand crafted art, on a tool that represents handmade.

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

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 05:03 AM

Awesome work…Where would i find some for sale ?

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 05:27 AM

I think they are marvelous. Stunning. I might raise an eyebrow if you
did that to a Norris infill, but Stanley iron planes and there ilk were
made by the millions so there’s no danger of you defacing the
last one in fine condition.

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 12:46 PM

Really beautiful. Probably out of my price range (‘til I win the Lotto), but just awesome. I especially liked you slideshow!

I did try to see if you had anything listed on ebay, but a search there for both “Acadien Planes and Woodworking” and “Cajun Handplanes” found nothing. Do you no longer sell on ebay?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 01:15 PM

You’re quite talented. Having lived in New Orleans for 11 year, I really like the LA themes.

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

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 01:16 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 02:00 PM

This proves that you have a skillful way of adding personality to your tools. Very nice.

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#7 posted 07-30-2012 02:03 PM

Beautiful work!!! I’ve got a LN #1 that I would love to turn you loose on someday if the budget ever allows it! I can’t see how what you are doing could ever do anything but increase the value of a tool. You are truly an artist!!!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#8 posted 07-30-2012 08:39 PM

Those are gorgeous!! I know of only one other person that does work like that. Her name is Catherine Kennedy (aka Cloudy) and her work is also fantastic. She is local to me, but I can’t afford her stuff either.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#9 posted 07-30-2012 08:56 PM

I’ve been admiring your work since you posted some of your engravings last year. Absolutely beautiful. I’d love to have one of my plans engraved by you at some point.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 07-30-2012 09:50 PM

If you are looking on ebay, just search engraved plane and you will find my planes. I have one inexpensive plane up right now and some stanleys on the way in a few days.
Thanks guys.

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

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#11 posted 07-30-2012 10:00 PM

i’ve had your ebay store bookmarked for awhile now. i check it periodically, good to hear there’s more inventory on the way.

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#12 posted 08-01-2012 02:33 AM

I don’t think I’m supposed to post links here but since the question was asked, I’ll be listing quite a few planes in the coming month on my website. Just do a search on Cajunhandplanes and it will pop up at the top of most search engines. You can also google my name and engraved planes.
Layne Zuelke
Thanks for all the kind words.

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

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#13 posted 08-01-2012 04:39 AM

Beautiful work! And you can post links, or make them your signature line. That would be a win win, I think. I don’t have to cut and paste and you might get more business.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#14 posted 08-04-2012 02:51 AM

I’ve wanted an engraved plane since I first saw them.

You have a hand graver in the picture, there are done completely by hand? No air, no power of any kind?

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#15 posted 08-04-2012 11:32 AM

I love to look at these and I’d love to own a few. Add a set of these to increase the wow factor.

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

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