One day, flicking through
I stumbled on these three little orphans.
Having won the auction for a song…(after all…they WERE three old
rusty hulks!)… I asked the seller if he knew anything of the
He replied that he did not know much other than his grandfather
said he got them from his father with a view to completing them
and alas… neither achieved their goal!
So that puts them into the Victorian era… a time when purchasing
castings from the foundry was the cheaper option taken by many
craftsmen who were quite capable of finishing them off. After
all, planes of this quality were a week’s wage for many a
cabinet maker of the era!
I was determined that these would finally be finished… over a
century after their birth… a journey of interesting challenges.
I will document here that journey when time permits but suffice
to say…they are now my little orphan treasures…
Quite a transformation!
They each have to pay their way and they do it with the quality
you would expect from such beauties.