I use almost all of my old tools but after
initially trying it out I retired it to be looked at only.
I have made lots of tools and I feel I am a rank
amateur compared to the craftsman who made this plane. Some day
I hope to make one just like it.
The workmanship is simply awesome and the maker
stands out in my mind as a master of the master tool makers. Not
only was he a maker, he was an artist. It is English in origin
and I have owned it about 35 years having purchased from a
longtime English tool dealer and friend, Reg Eaton.
He showed it to me, told me it was my kind of
tool, and shot me a very low price which I immediately felt was
more than fair. The body of the plane is only 4 inches long and
it measures 2 1/8 inches tall and 2 1/8 inches wide so it is
quite small for a chamfer plane.
The maker chose burl mahogany for the body,
African ebony for the sliding box, and Macassar ebony for the
wedge. On the top front he made an inlay consisting of three
diamond-shaped pieces of veneer and on the front of the box he
carved an exquisite Cupid's bow.