Archive for September, 2011

Name Boards for Canoes – conclusion

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Not that I’m a slow worker or anything like that… The name boards, carved nearly a month ago are on the canoes. They are finished to match the canoes. Two coats of Cetol Marine went on first. That prevented paint, applied to the incisions, from running in end grain. A third coat of Cetol sealed them.

Placement varies from what the Brits use, smack in the middle of the sides, because those are spots where these boats ride against each other when being transported. Instead, I found relatively flat spots away from the middles. I also used some Dolfinite bedding compound on the green boat because those boards were being placed with attachment holes drilled into the flotation chamber.

The best thing about them is that they will usually be seen while the boat is bobbing around, and one can’t see both sides of a boat at the same time.

photo of bedding compound being applied photo of the green canoe with name board photo of the red canoe with name board

Old Tools Gloat – Hollows and Rounds

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

A group of 25 hollows and rounds arrived at my shop a few days ago. They are in remarkably good shape for being somewhere near 140 years old. A full set of H&Rs is 36 planes, with a half-set being all the odd numbered, or all of the even numbered pairs. While more than a half-set, this collection does not contain an actual half-set. Yet, it contains many of the frequently used sizes or nearby neighbors.

The maker’s mark is CROW. William and Edward Crow, of Canterbury, England made planes from 1847 until the late 1880s. They used the mark CROW and CROW CANTERBURY. These are thought to be (by collector and “iron monger” Tony Seo) of the early part of the CROW business, with a CANTERBURY mark being added later.

Other marks on these planes indicate that they were kept together by at least two owners. W.A.P. Chuter was the first, with R. Woodward overstamping many of Chuter’s marks. Many of the irons are stamped T. HILDICK – LONODN.

They are in very good shape, have well shaped (and sharp) irons, and have no really serious rust. Remarkably, only one wedge has a broken finial and all  bodies are free of serious damage. They came to me via the well known old tools dealer Patrick Leach.

Someday, they’ll be used to shoot moulded parts for clocks.

photo of 25 wooden planes photo showing several planes and their markings photo of several slightly rusted plane blades