December 1, 2019

I've read a few books but never have I attempted to write one.  My buddy, Don Wilwol, (whom I've never met in person) lives someplace in New York and I live in Oregon.  Don has written several books about planes, so far mostly Sargent planes which he knows more about t...

March 27, 2019

If you're a collector you probably have a lot of something,  I have a lot of hand planes. People collect all kinds of stuff but some collectors, also like me, like old stuff. Consequently I have planes that date from the 1820s, really cool planes that date from the 184...

February 24, 2019

It all started as a joke. My friend, Robert Porter, who owns Old Handtool Shop   (

posted on his facebook page a contest notice, "Most creative action shot with a plane" or something like that in some attempt to generate some photos for his page...

February 9, 2019


 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Sweetheart Line of Stanley products, yep, 100 years. I'm not sure why but we plane collectors, Stanley specific, seem to revere the products that the Staley Works turned out beginning in 1919 and continuing in the USA until abo...

January 15, 2019

I belong to a number of Facebook book groups and with a few exceptions, the folks I meet there are friendly, helpful, courteous and a host of other positive adjectives. But as with most large groups of people, not all are. We all know of whom I speak but just in case,...

October 24, 2018

 A friend of mine told me a story about a sale of a Number 2 plane he made on eBay.  Now, this friend is a very knowledgeable seller, especially on Bailey No 2s and sells a lot of parts as well as whole planes.  He has seen and sold many of them and really knows his st...

September 25, 2018

I belong to a group on Facebook (which may in itself be the issue) that talks about planes. Some of 

the members are collectors, including yours truly, many are users and many others are kind of both. We talk a lot about stuff pertaining to restoration, care, maintenanc...

May 13, 2018

Collectors of anything look for whatever they collect in a vast array of places.  Back in the pre-internet days it was flea markets, garage sales, antique shows, live auctions, collectors conventions and the like.  Collecting was much more time intensive, sometimes exp...

February 10, 2018

When I was a kid I used to read "Dear Abby".  I don't know if it's still around but back then it was almost required reading.  Abby and her sister, Ann Landers, provided most of the country with the knowledge it needed to be decent folks, respectful to our family and n...

February 5, 2018

A nice fellow bought a Stanley Number 5 from me on eBay a couple weeks ago. Several days later I got an email from him, told me he was interested in a No 6 and asked if I hadSLXLM any available to sell.  I emailed him back and told him what I had including a nice typ...

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