Hand Tools

Re: The decline of the wooden plane in Nth America

Stewie Simpson
Slightly off topic but relevant to the use of wooden soled planes.

When my father was completing his 5yr apprenticeship as a Carpenter and Joiner in Scotland during the early 1950s, he was never allowed to use a steel soled plane for 2 important reasons. The 1st; the Master Craftsmen who employed him considered the finish from a wooden soled plane to be far superior to that left by a metal soled plane. The 2nd, as a highly qualified Master Craftsmen, a majority of his companies work was directed towards restoring early government owned heritage buildings that were covered by special caveats, restricting the use only, of traditional tooling and techniques that best matched that buildings circa.

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