These are the focal points for a Lie-Neilsen #5 plane. The plane will be auctioned off at the Firearms Engravers Guild of America convention in Reno, at the end of next January. Billed as the world’s largest gathering of hand engravers, it is a spectacular show!

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New projects

 

scroll belt buckle This is a brass belt buckle with shaded scroll and leaf pattern.

 

Often planes or other work call for a focal point. This is the start of engraving an owl.    

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve also been doing more work with saws. In this case I started with a very rusty blade and nasty, worn handle:         After removing all the rust with Evpo Rust (a non toxic cleaner), I used abrasive paper to finish the clean up. The blade was then hand sharpened and a new cherry handle made and fitted! Much better!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve also engraved brass spines for backsaws

 

 

 

 

 

  And don’t forget to check out the Woodworking Tools calendar, entitled “Art Goes To Work”, featured on the main menu! It’s a beauty- and great for gifts!

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These are shots of a bronze miter plane, designed for a customer who likes ships and scrimshaw!

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Make Magazine on line

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2012/01/pretty-tools-work-better.html
Make magazine saw the blog Wilbur Pan did on my work, and included me on their site! Word of mouth is a great thing!

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layout of a project

As I worked on the latest plane, the Bedrock #608, I took some shots of the project’s progress:This shows the relationship between a block plane and the massive (23″ long) # 608 jointerThe focal point has been laid out and engraved. The scroll layout is then done free hand, directly onto the plane, and highlighted by a sharpie. The backbones of the scrolls are all done before the leaves are added.The last bits are the stippling of the background (to darken it and add contrast) and the shading to add 3D.

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a series of Bedrocks

One of my customers has restored the entire series of Stanley Bedrock planes, and so far I have engraved the 605 and 605 1/2 in the series. These are a delight to engrave, and the series will be stunning!

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Celtic Cat sampler

This is a sample I worked up as a prototype for an upcoming plane. The cat and knots were drawn freehand. The head is copper inlay. The body line and ball of yarn are silver inlay. The eye is a 2mm stone set into the copper.

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more bracelet work

One of the customers I’ve had for planes contacted me about a bracelet, after having seen my blog. He wanted a man’s cuff in copper with a Celtic flair. This is in 20 gauge copper (about the thickness of a penny) and shines very nicely. As usual, this is engraved flat, then bent around. This is all of the same piece, and the color is as in the 2nd picture- Light changes the color when you photograph these!

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bracelets

I am now offering cuff bracelets in Eastern Bright style. They are 6″ long and 3/4″ wide, and custom engrave with your monogram in the center oval. And, of course, any other customizing is welcome as well!

Prices will start at $200 for brass or copper, and $300 for silver.

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