Short Shavings #1: Rhykenology - The plane truth

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Blog entry by Div posted 07-11-2010 08:31 PM 3937 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is my experience that not too many woodworkers are familiar with this strange word. As far as I can determine, the word Rhykenology was first coined by a certain Elliot Sayward, back in the mid seventies. He recognized that there was no general term for plane technology, use and history. The term is based on the Greek word for plane or scraper, rhykane, hence rhykenology. The word can loosely be defined as the study of planes.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 10:15 PM

That makes me a rhykenologist !
Hmmmmm, now that does sound classy.
Thanks for making me feel important again !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 07-11-2010 10:25 PM

is it nessery to have two thousend planes before you are a Rhykenologist
or is it enoff to read a few books and visit some working museumplaces
while you think of how a plane performe and why
or shuold you have written a Dr. thesis about it

if it something in the mittel combined with some woodworking
I will thank you for leting my mood raise 40 point so I can walk
with my head up again


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#3 posted 07-11-2010 10:44 PM

Dennis, I would say you are a rhykenologist! I mean, you are studying planes, not so. Sounds important, hey!

Canadianchips, welcome, fellow rhykenologist!

Tomorrow, tell someone you want to impress that you are a member of the LJ Rhykenology Society!! ;^)

Mario, that is unfair…you got me all curious now!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 11:07 PM

I gess you are right Div. more than I realised first
let me see
airoplanes so gar build R/c models of them

I think I have studyed more planes in my life than the most…......LOL

maybee I´m a candidate to put a DR. on my visitcart….......LOL

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 11:53 PM

Sorry Div, I just don’t have time for rhykenology just now as I’m doing my Phd on wrinkelology, and that seems like the best choice at my age. (LOL)

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 05:36 AM

Hmmm did much good come out of the mid seventies? ;) Maybe digging back a bit farther would be a good idea.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 12:59 PM

Hmmm, maybe I should be working instead of googling, but I did and this is what Google revealed:

Maybe we should start the LJ’s Center of Advanced Rhykenology Studies…we could get grants to do research (build and use planes) and publish papers in Tauten Press about our finds…LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 11:43 PM

Hi guys,
I really don’t have time for this!
I have to go to my workshop and look at my collection!
Best thoughts, the rhykanologist.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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