Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Working Under a Time Line and.......Halloween Stuff

 I'm working with time constraints this week. I don't enjoy that. Plane making requires a lot of concentration and is not something that one can rush without risk. However I'm participating in a Lie-Nielsen event this weekend and I have a Winter Panel Plane coming together that I would really like to have at that event so I don't have much choice in the matter. To make matters even worse this is my first attempt putting Desert Iron Wood in a plane. If you live in the Atlanta area drop by Steve Quehl's Atlanta Woodcraft store this Friday and Saturday. If things go well I'll have a Winter Panel Plane that you can put thru it's paces. If things don't go well I'll have some other planes. Such is life.

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I'm not much of a Halloween enthusiast, however this year while browsing some social media sites I ran across some stuff that really shows the true spirit of Halloween..... fun for kids.

Below is a short video of one of the neatest ideas for a Halloween costume I've seen in quite some time. I just couldn't resist posting this.

Having just visited Brooklyn, NY a couple of weeks ago this picture on "Humans of New York" was pretty hilarious. The caption was "Robin Smells a Crime". It seems a lot of dogs end up in the pictures on "HUMANS of New York".

During this time of year my preference is typically photos of fall harvesting as shown in this picture. This photo was not found in historical archives. Helen English Ellis snapped this photo just this week in Lancaster, PA. As a kid I was involved in square bale hay harvesting but the wagon was pulled by a tractor. A team of horses doing this work is a thing of beauty. Also notice the kid in the shadows of the bales.

Fall may be my favorite time of year. I'm partial to the seasons that allow me to work with the front door of the shop open.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Winter Smoother Different Flavor

I never ceased to be astounded how one can the take a plane form, apply different combinations of woods and surface treatments of the metal parts and create something that is quite different from the plane of the same form completed just a bit over a week earlier.

This particular plane, compared to the Olive and Stainless plane in the last post are as different as you could possibly expect when considering two objects using the same lines and overall form.

A darker wood, Rosewood in this case,  with contrasting highlights and brass with an aged patina, coupled with a plane body made from 0-1 steel creates an entirely different presence.

It's what makes this work so interesting and actually quite a bit of creative fun.