Did you ever use a plane that felt like you were wearing it like
This old plane is so unusual that I simply must share it with
I have owned this plane for four years but I first saw it
forty-eight years ago right after a friend of mine, Bruce Debo
of Devils Elbow Missouri, bought it in an area of central
Missouri that was homeland to early German settlers. Bruce was
an Ozark coffin maker and every time I visited his shop I
admired this old plane.
Before Bruce passed he gave the plane to another mutual friend,
Bob Elgin, a bowl carver, of St. James, Missouri. When Bob
passed away it became mine.
It can be classified as a horn plane but the horn is broad and
fits one's hand better than the normal type.
The rear tote is a marvel to both look at as well as grip. A
user's fingers wrap around the right rear side of the plane and
extend into a cavity.
This specimen is made of black walnut and the handle was carved
out of a burly knot. When the plane tote is gripped it feels
like my hand is in a wooden glove. It is a fantastic idea for a
tote since one's knuckles are low and in the center of the stock
and there is a broad facet on the rear for the user's thumb.
The plane works extremely well and I often borrowed it from
Bruce when I was doing white coopering demonstrations. Then, and
now, I use it to hollow the inside of pine bucket staves.
James E. Price
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