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    Handplane as Art 2

    I am passionate about my tools, in a way that - it escapes reason.  I came across this photo of an Italian eighteen century plane.  The carving around the mouth, the inlays tell quite a beautiful story.  This is a shooting plane, and it was used to join boards or plates as well as for flattening wide surfaces.  It is a specialized tool made by the user, and I can just imagine the satisfaction it must have delivered at work.  

    You may enjoy reading about hand plane maker Ron Brese and his art.

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