I have lost myself in the sea many tunes
With my ear full of freshly cut flowers,
With my tongue full of love awl agony.
I have lost myself in the sea many times,
As I lose myself in the heart of certain children.
from ‘Gacela of the Flight’ by Federico Garcia Lorca.
#toolpoetry ...We have had our share of strife,
Tumblers in the mask of life,
In the pantomime of noon
Clown and pantaloon.
from The Last Leap.
Adam Lindsay Gordon
#tool #poetry #metalwork #woodwork
While roses belch perfume into the air and
Nightingales’ whistles pierce my ears
I can’t savour the clamorous glamour
And odorous charm of the steel mills in Cleveland.
Spoiling Cleveland by Sidney Beck.
#tool #poetry #woodwork #woodshop
...And overhead the curlews cry,
Where through the dusky upland grass
The young brown-throated reapers pass,
Like silhouettes against the sky.
from Les Silhouettes by Oscar Wilde
#curlew #britishmade #oscarwilde
70 years old today.
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Published on this day, June 8th, 1949. Within six months, Orwell was dead of tuberculosis. Tragic.
The Veritas Detail Rabbet Plane is my choice for a modern plane which exemplifies elegance in form and function. The 01 steel blade is held in place in the ductile iron body with a forged brass tongue which functions as both a handle and a lever cap.
The sweep of this handle and its multi-functionality combine elegance in appearance and design. There is an attractive simplicity and versatility that appeals to the user, whether it is pushed or pulled, on its side or standing up.
Veritas describe this plane as loosely based on both Preston and Clifton 400 shoulder planes. Extremely small adjustments to blade depth can be achieved by changing the clamping force.
This is my final post in this series, I hope you have enjoyed it. Oddly, it is a series that has been reposted by the carpenter t-shirt woodwork plans rubbish bot accounts more than any other series of mine🤔
#rabbet #plane #veritas #madeincanada #tool #elegance #woodshop #woodwork
#toolelegance Squirrel tails.
Stanley made two block planes with integrated cast tails: the No.100 (l and r) and the No.100-1/2 (centre).
Is the tail just too cute to be considered elegant You be the judge.
They are very handy block planes for working in tight spaces and the tail is most useful for grip and maintaining alignment.
The No.100 on the left has an early Stanley Rule & Level Co. cutter, yet a slotted cap screw and the number cast in the sole behind the finger rest. Parts at least date from 1898-1920, the body may not even be Stanley.
In the middle, the No.100-1/2 has the curved bottom side to side and heel to toe (double radius). This is the most commonly found model with the red lever cap and the model number cast in the top of the handle and dates from 1940 to 1962.
The No.100 on the right has a 1923-1935 SW cutter.
I think they all have a certain elegance.
#100 #squirreltail #block #planes #stanleyruleandlevel #stanley #SW #woodwork #woodshop
This small drafting set by W. Watson and Son, 313 High Holborn, London dates from between 1868 and 1883. Inside the velvet lined, finger jointed mahogany hinged box is an ink and pencil compass and attachments.
In the lid is a 6” broadly chamfered rule with protractor and scales of 3/4”, 1/2, 1/4, 1/20, 1/25 and 1/5ths up to 1/45. It also has a CHO scale () and an interesting grid scale.
William Watson opened his optical instrument making business in 1837 and was joined by sons Henry in 1868 and then Charles in 1883. They specialised in instruments, optical glass and cabinet work.
The tools and their presentation are stylish and elegant and of considerable vintage, yet I picked them up for $12 in the debris of the Sunday morning market.
#elegant #tools #boxed #presentation #draftingset #instruments #faces #debris #ronnielane
#toolelegance Stanley Bailey planes.
150 years ago today, on May 19, 1869, Leonard Bailey signed an agreement with the Stanley Rule & Level Company by which he granted to Stanley exclusive rights to manufacture iron and wood bench planes under four patents he had been granted from June 22, 1858 to December 24, 1867.
They worked happily together until 1875 when the contract was terminated, yet this ‘partnership’ gave the world arguably the most elegant and widely available plane ever.
Woodworkers of the world; I give you, the Stanley Bailey Plane 🍻
Shown here is a sample of my Stanley planes, some from the early 1870s and some later. There is a No.1, 2C, 3, 4, and so on🌞
Also in the agreement was the rights to manufacture Bailey spokeshaves and scrapers under another three patents which dated back, in one case, to August 7, 1855.
150 years ago, the dreadful US Civil War had only been over for 4 years, yet more than 6,500 Bailey planes were sold by Stanley in 1871. Even during the economic depression of 1873-1878, sales rose and 125,000 were sold in 1877.
Here’s to you, Leonard Bailey. Let’s not forget Henry Stanley who founded Stanley Rule & Level in 1857 and served as president until his death in May 1884.
#elegant #tools #stanleybaileyplaneday #leonardbailey #henrystanley #stanleyruleandlevel
#toolelegance Metalwork chisel.
This decorated steel chisel is just over 12” long (310mm) and just under 2lb (825g). I think it’s an elegant tool, yet it’s such a brute I’m sure many will disagree.
The buttresses on the bevel indicate it as a metalwork chisel, perhaps an armourers’ chisel. It may be quite old.
An armourer would have had the skills and desire to make and decorate such a tool for their own use. This use may include cutting edge weapon iron stock to length, roughing bevels at the end of a sword blade and cutting sheets of iron or steel to rough dimensions before shaping with more refined tools.
Thanks to @davesobel for his insights into these tools; all errors and misinformation are my responsibility.
Don’t forget #stanleybaileyplaneday tomorrow! 150 years to the day when Leonard Bailey granted his four metal plane patents to Stanley Rule & Level Co. May 19, 1869. Please post your fave Stanley plane if you celebrate this. Bailey’s elegant design met Stanley’s elegant production. They were so happy together. At least for a little while.
#tool #elegance #metalwork #chisel #armourer
#toolelegance Wood chisels.
The chisel for working wood is a very old tool and, compared to the plane and saw, quite primitive; again derived from the stick.
Many chisels are elegant, from Britain, Sweden, USA and St. elsewhere, but for me Japanese chisels (nomi) have a particular grace in form and function.
Modern Japanese chisels are a cross between socket and tang chisels and the top end of the wooden handle is surrounded by a steel hoop, called a sagariwa (slide-down ring). This hoop is tapered on the inside so it tightens as it slides down; it prevents the wood from splitting when struck and is surprisingly comfortable when pushed by hand. Traditionally, different handled chisels were used for striking and hand pushing (paring chisels without the ring).
The blade is perhaps the most elegant part of a Japanese chisel; even such cheap Tokyo flea market examples as these can remind one of the katana-kaji, the samurai swordsmiths. Characteristically, the back of the blade is hollowed for faster sharpening and to maintain flatness.
I will never own, nor deserve, a truly high quality blacksmith-forged Japanese chisel, yet my dreams can have hints of elegance.
I suspect most of you have used a wood chisel, perhaps the tool that has given the greatest insight into how wood works.
PS don’t forget #stanleybaileyplaneday coming up!
#elegant #chisel #madeinjapan