A place for me to display some of the varied projects that come out of my shop, as well as to "talk" about some of my experiences working with wood.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Tool Photos

Had a chance to do some shooting today on a couple of new tools I picked up recently. Click pictures for full res version.

Gent's Saw

Left side of the Gent's saw
The first is a Gent's saw I had made for me by Two Lawyers Toolworks in Germany. The handle is Bavarian tiger maple which is the same wood I used in my archtop guitar body. The engraving on the back is part of my logo and a few instruments in outline. the other side of the back is one of my favourite music licks.  The engraving was done by Catharine Kennedy who does exquisite work!

Right side of the Gents Saw - That's "Layla" by best guitar player ever.

 Plough Plane by Jim Leamy

I was visiting a buddy of mine a while back and he had a replica plough plane made for him by Jim Leamy. His was a centre wheel full size plane. Once I picked it up (big mistake) I had to have one for myself.

Jim Leamy 3/4 scale Plough Plane

Jim Leamy 3/4 scale Plough Plane - side view
Now I normally only buy tools that I am going to use, but this was going to be my venture outside that truism for once (I hope).  I emailed Jim that very night and started a dialogue on what I wanted. Since this was not going to be a user, I felt I could go with a scaled down version, so this 3/4 size was large enough to show the detail, but not so big as to take up a lot of space as a showpiece. Don't get me wrong, this plane is very usable, and at 9-1/2" long it does what the bigger one does just as well.

This example is typical of the centre wheel plough planes of past centuries and is executed in Curly African Blackwood, and the white bits would have been ivory on the original, Jim has used fossilized mammoth ivory instead. I am very pleased with the final result and this piece will find a place of honour for all to see.

Jim Leamy 3/4 scale Plough Plane - other side view
Typical old-style plough plane

Another shot of this amazing piece of usable sculpture.

Here's a shot of one of those old schooley jobs that has been well preserved.

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