The set of planes that were destined for Woodworking in America but went MIA finally appeared. They arrived at Scott Meek’s shop while he was in Kentucky and were waiting for him when he returned. Here is the display and signage I made for the show.
Scott decided to try his hand at cutting mouldings. This was his first attempt, though, as a member of the Hand Tool School, he had watched Shannon Rogers demonstrate the tools and learned the fundamental techniques. He reportedly had fun cutting “an ugly ovolo”. He liked the planes enough to make us an offer on the set. We accepted.
In exchange for the set of moulding planes and dogs, Garth and I will each be receiving a Scott Meek smoothing plane. Scott will be making Garth a tiger maple smoother with Asian Ebony for the wedge and cross pin.
I, however, am after something a little more exotic. I will dig through my selection of wood and send Scott a special piece from which to make my plane. I happen to have a bunch of blocks of Lignum vitae which would make a fantastic plane.
I’m not sure whether Scott is more excited to have a set of our moulding planes or if we’re more excited that he is making us each one of his smoothing planes. Either way, we’re really happy with the deal.