As always work on planes is a constant and ongoing endeavor and the most recent plane completed is a custom version of the Winter Panel Plane.
The customer requested this plane with a plane body made from 440C stainless steel.
The brass bits of this plane were polished to a satin finish and then oiled and cured in my drying kiln. It makes the brass much less of a maintenance issue.
The wooden bits are Desert Iron wood. This is certainly a challenging wood to work. Besides the odd smell it requires much more diligence. It seems every process with this material takes 3 times longer as compared with other dense hardwoods.
There is nothing that looks quite like Desert Iron Wood. As I have often said, the results are worth the effort.
The quotable quote this week is from my 7 year old Granddarling even though she may have picked up this saying from her mother.