I just came back from the trip to Maine for the 30th Anniversary Open House at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. It was a great 2 days of demonstrations and tools, tools, tools. Lots of folks that I see each time I get together with the LN crowd, both staff & demonstrators. I first met Thomas Lie-Nielsen back at the Valley Forge Woodworking in America. We talked about hatchets & axes, and ultimately that conversation drifted around to me doing a video on carving with them. I really didn’t think it would fly; I mean, THIS is my favorite plane:
Note the excellent repair with a wrought nail:
Here’s my newest plane:
Not exactly the tolerances that LN Toolworks is known for. But over the past couple of years, I have come to know the folks there & I really have an increased respect for their company. They make good stuff, in Maine, and get it right into the hands of their customers. Additionally, they have a great dedication to instruction & education. I am quite pleased to be associated with them.
So here’s the kicker – I spent some time at Jennie Alexander’s on my way home from Country Workshops last month, and part of our task that day was sorting some tools. I managed to ferret out a couple for myself, with JA’s blessing. So thanks to JA, these shiny tools were added to my arsenal.
I thought I had great restraint back at the Valley Forge show when I bought a few floats for making planes. But once you let these things in the shop, it’s all downhill from there. I weakened and wavered recently, and got a carcass saw for tenon shoulders. It’s not the first, before that I got a thin-plate dovetail saw and some chisels for dovetailing…
Dovetailing? On this blog?
Well, I’ll tell that story later. But if you enjoyed my struggles with the walnut high chair, stay tuned…
Meanwhile, at my house, the most popular Lie-Nielsen plane was this wooden version:
Here’s the fliers
Daniel took one right on the noggin
and, thanks to Matt Bickford’s kids, I learned about another great LN product: