I have rehandled many planes in my time. Once, sadly, very sadly, I even used a power router to reshape the tote. I hated it! I hated the handle, the process, the method! I felt robbed, robbed by myself, I should never have done it, I binned it, along with the negative experience. I would never do it again and especially since I developed the method for making both front knob and handle completely by hand.
Natalie is editing my amateur videography to make me look good. It will be going out soon but rest assured, anyone making this tote and the knob with no more than rasps, coping saws and a couple of other hand tools is in for a very unique sense of satisfaction! This I know!
Just as we need to rethink how we live into the future, we should rethink how we develop what we think can only be done by machine. The competition is not like the race track where the winner is the fastest to complete the work. Often, we simply dismiss the process as being of little if any value and look only at speed. It’s true, it is simple to turn the front knob for the plane. Five minutes of non-challenging work with a deep flute gouge and you’re done. I have spent my whole life challenging myself to improve my skills and speed. It has not been wasted time.
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