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Re: Whelan planemaking book?

TomD
I get what you are saying in your first two paragraphs:

"I'm now watching his video on side-escapement plane building, and I think that his really *is* the last word on that topic, but he overreached when it comes to bench planes. With great influence comes great responsibility, and Larry didn't do so well by that measure."

My view on the side escapement planes is that while we generally would choose better wood for that kind of work today, in essence, they are roughing through finishing planes in one tool, and if it works there, what is the problem with single bit planes. (and I suppose that the one client of note he had, is not exactly irrelevant as far as knowing what goes into woodwork).

On the influence and responsibility thing, Just from random things I picked up from his web pages and other musings, I thought he seriously believed he was copying the right historical tools. There might have been confirmation bias, just as the toofers have various blind spots. But I thought he claimed he was searching out, and copying tools of exquisite quality. The commitment to onesidedness isn't entirely unreasonable if one considers the commitment to the same philosophy by the likes of LV, LN, and others; or looking at how long excellent craftsmen in Japan did without the double bit for most of their time. Even those who stuck to the toofer had 10K fancy versions that were deemed necessary to get a good cut. The idea of being overrun by an army wielding rusty Bailey's hadn't occurred to many.

I think if there was a mistake, it was engaging with the internet, possibly angrily, which wouldn't help. He had his whatever status, and he should have just sat still on the mater. He had/has a good reputation helping other planemakers get started, and teaching weekenders in extensive detail how to make his signature product. If he had done the same on bench planes, he would have had half the mindspace.

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