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Subject:
Re: ahhh...cormier...
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ahhh...cormier... ()

Jerome
Sure, Cormier has good features that would made it the “reference” choice for plane making when wooden planes were the tools of the craft. Roubo says the planes should “ordinarily” be made out of it. Manufacturers used to stamp “Cormier veritable” on plane bodies and “acier fondu garanti” (“genuine crucible steel”) on the blades, as a guarantee of quality.

Beech (“hêtre”) grows in abundance in Europe, is relatively cheap and has been widely used. But it was not as strong as oak, not as beautiful as walnut or cherry, not as rot resistant as chestnut, ... I can’t remember any situation where the craftsmen proudly stamped “hêtre veritable” on their creation but for workbenches.

That’s not to say one can’t build great planes with beech or oak though, as other European and Japanese makers have demonstrated.

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