Saturday, May 02, 2015

Gauge Your Reaction...

Hi Folks
I'm deep in preparations for my trip to the US for the Handworks show in Iowa. I'm incredibly excited about this one - all the hand tool makers of the Western world will be there. So I'm buzzed about meeting up with old friends and meeting people I've only communicated with via email. It should be quite something!

So a quick photo of some of some of the stock I've been preparing. These are the biggest batch of the Superior Marking Gauge we've built to date - a mix of Rosewood, Pear, Birdseye Maple, Wenge, Goncalo Alves and Box wood. The response to the new gauge has been brilliant, with many happy users reporting back how pleased they are with it. Having one gauge that will take a pin, knife and pencil makes for versatile layout tool that you will always find yourself reaching for.



Cheers
Philly

Monday, March 16, 2015

Show Time

Hi Folks
We've been busy busy busy here at the workshop with a steady stream of planes heading out the door. We've also had a huge response to the new Superior Marking Gauge which has been well received!
April sees me at the Yandles Woodworking Show in Somerset - I'll be there with Classic Hand Tools and will be demonstrating my traditional plane making. Over the two days I intend to make a couple of planes so do drop by and take a look!
And May sees us going international - we be at the Handworks 2015 show in Iowa, USA.This should be an amazing event - the Studley tool chest and bench will be on display, a not to be missed occasion! And pretty much all the hand tool makers in the world will be there showing off their wares - I am so looking forward to this one.
Cheers
Philly

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Working Wood Vol 3

Hi Folks
Something I've been involved with over the last year or so is the latest volume of "Working Wood" by Artisan  Media. I bumped into Dave and Simon at the last "European Woodworking Show" and I obviously made the right impression on them. I've been involved with the chapters on wooden planes, it being my area of expertise, and as a general sounding board - it's been a real pleasure to have been a part of things in a small way.




Now I've finally got a copy of the book in my hands I'm extremely impressed with it - the photography is quite wonderful and the book is laid out gloriously. And Simon has done a wonderful job of putting over so much information in such an accessible way - the book is truly impressive!
This volume covers the workshop and the more advanced hand tools and jigs, as well as how to sharpen and maintain these. There is a huge amount of tricks and tips and the beautiful photography clearly compliments the text. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!
As a final treat I was asked to write the foreword - there's even one or two photo's of me strategically placed throughout the book. You have been warned ;)
Available direct and from Classic Hand Tools in the UK.
Cheers
Philly

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rosewood Delight

Hi Folks
Had some interesting planes on the bench these last few weeks - first up, a Toted Smoother in Rosewood. The Rosewood really sets this plane off!



Other news - the Superior Marking Gauges have been a great success! All the early runs have gone and the introductory offer is now over - regular price is £89.99. We have just completed the next production run and have gauges ready to ship!

 More news soon....

Philly

Friday, October 24, 2014

Superior Marking Gauge

Hi Folks
A project I've been working on over the last couple of years has been a traditional marking gauge, one that incorporates all the details that I like in a gauge. I've made numerous prototypes and have dragged them round the woodwork shows and shown them to many people for feedback. I'm pleased to say that I am finally completely happy with the design (and manufacturing!) and can finally reveal the beasty in all its true glory - the Superior Marking Gauge!



The initial batch has been made from my stash of Rosewood - combined with brass and steel it looks timeless and glorious and hits all the woodworking "ooh" spots. It has a few tricks up its sleeve. It comes with a pin for everyday marking out, the wide face of the gauge giving plenty of bearing surface to work against. I also like a knife or cutting gauge when working across the grain and when working with veneered pieces so you can swap the pin out for the supplied knife. And finally, a pencil gauge is great for when you want a legible mark without actually damaging the surface - swap ends on the shaft of the gauge and it becomes a pencil gauge.



One other detail that has annoyed me on other gauges I own and have tried is the locking mechanism. You want to be able to lock the gauge off firmly but also to be able to adjust it easily and accurately. My patent pending mechanism makes this a pleasure to do and there is no separate "foot" to loose if you dissemble the gauge.

The gauge is priced at £89.99 plus shipping - drop me an email at phillyplanes@gmail.com to place an order.

Cheers
Phil


Monday, September 22, 2014

Magma Show in Austria

Hi Folks
I will be at the Magma International Open days in Austria from the 26th to 28th of September building planes - if you are in the neighbourhood please call by and say "hi". There are going to be some amazing craftsmen demonstrating their skills from all around the world so it should be a fantastic event!

Cheers
Philly


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Podcast

Hi Folks
I recently had a long conversation on planes, plane making and how I got started with Cory Mickelson of the "Craftman's Road" site. He has put this together as a podcast and it is now available to listen to here..
Hope this may be of interest to some,
Cheers
Phil