I am always going to address issues surrounding false impressions and information in woodworking because it’s an importan aspect of real woodworking.
I have said this before and I’ll say it once more because it troubles me so. The purpose of a hand plane is not to produce light fluffy shavings that waft to the workshop floor like curly ribbons and bows, but to level different surfaces, plane stock straight and square, fit doors in recesses and always to in some measure reduce the material wood. Most shavings are not thin bit substantial. Who wants to shave superthins b the dozen when one thicker does the same. I will be at the North of England Woodworking Show in Harrogate, Yorkshire next weekend and I will be dispelling the myths and mysteries of the guru magicians once again.
I will be demoing a wide range of planes made by current makers, to show their strong points and, as an independent assessor, I have absolute freedom to be open and honest. Stop by the Classic Hand Tools booth if you want a signed copy of my new book or to ask questions. We love to talk about Working Wood.