Friday, April 29, 2016

Furniture And Cabinetmaking Profile

Hi Folks
I was very pleased to be featured in the April 2016 issue of Furniture And Cabinetmaking magazine (that's issue 243). Jim Hooker did an excellent job writing an insightful article on my journey on the road of plane making. I hope you enjoy it!






Cheers
Philly

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Books.....

Hi Folks
New to the website is the bookshop - I have a good collection of classic woodworking books, some pretty rare, that I am offering for sale. Check out this page for the list of titles - they are all in excellent condition (most like new) and if you need further information on a title just email me for more information.
Happy woodworking,
Philly


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Update

Hi Folks

I thought a little update to this blog would be useful, the last one being in June. Please don't read that to mean I'm not doing much - in fact, it's the opposite! Things here at Philly Planes have been growing year by year and now, nine years in on my planemaking things are as busy as I could ever have asked for! Orders keep coming in, from customers new and old and I feel honoured to be able to get in the workshop each day and do what I enjoy - making wooden planes!

I've got a couple of new models in the pipeline, although the release date of these depends on how much I can accomplish in my spare time. I've also added a couple of extra sizes to the Side Beads, making that four sizes available now.

This Blog - I find it difficult to sit and write useful content at the end of the day (due to brain fatigue) and have found myself swayed by the ease and immediacy of Instagram and Facebook. Instagram means I can share photo's of what's happening on my bench day by day  - I thoroughly recommend installing this on your phone. There is a huge woodworking community on there and it's simple to get started.

I've made some small updates to the Phillyplanes website - if anyone finds any obvious issues I would appreciate if you could let me know.

2015 has been a great year and I've been able to make a trip to the USA to meet many of my woodworking friends and customers. Woodworking shows are a great opportunity for me to meet customers in the flesh and I hope to get to more shows far and wide in 2016.

Time to get back to the workbench,

Cheers

Philly

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Free Shipping Offer

Hi Folks
This week finds me in the best of moods - it's my birthday, the sun is shining and it's Father's Day! So to pass on the good vibes I'm offering free shipping anywhere in the world on my latest batch of Rosewood Superior Marking gauges. I also have a new batch of Tapered 2" Bench Plane Irons ready to go - these too are offered with free shipping anywhere until this batch is gone.
So get them before they go - strictly first come, first served! Email me at phillyplanes@gmail.com to order.

Cheers
Phil

Monday, June 01, 2015

Instagram

Hi Folks
I'm back in the workshop following our trip to Handworks 2015 (post to follow with the juicy details!). One thing I have been told to get involved with is Instagram so I now have my own little page where I can post photo's on a regular basis. If you use Instagram do follow me and let me know whatever noobish stuff I'm doing wrong ;)
Cheers
Phil
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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