While visiting friends in Saskatoon, I found this really different plane in an antiques market, and I just had to have it. Now I’m curious to know more about this new acquisition.
The iron sole measures about 3” X 14” long. The body of the plane is wood, perhaps maple. the center section of the plane is wood, held in place with brass screws. The cap iron is a massive piece of brass. The blade is marked T Howarth, who was a toolmaker in Sheffield England. The plane is stamped “T Gardiner” in various places on the wooden parts. The really odd thing about this plane is that it is the exact opposite of a Stanley transitional plane, in that the sole is iron and the midsection is wooden. The whole unit is quite heavy and gives the impression that it was made by a gunmaker or other craftsman in the 1800’s. Right off, it made an incredible peel on an old scrap of mahogany. I’m going to like using this plane!
Though I often have bad luck posting pics here, here is a link to some photobucket photos of it.
Your help is really appreciated!!
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