UNPLUGGED. HANDMADE. PERFECTION.
Hello everyone! Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me and what I do! My name is Paul, I'm 32 years old and live in Northern Utah. I have been out here for about 6 years, but I am originally from the Eastern US. When I was in High School, I moved to Tennessee to be closer to my mothers family. My Grandfather was ill and we needed to be closer to them to help my Grandmother. My Grandfather grew up in the Depression Era and learned woodworking out of necessity, but soon found that he had a passion for it. He was an engraver/sign maker by trade, but spent the next 50+ years of his life building his "dream shop" for woodworking. If there ever was someone at church or a neighbor that needed something made, he would gladly take on the project. My intro into woodworking was helping him make rocking horses for patients at the local Children's Hospital, but at the age of 16 or 17 it wasn't something I was passionate about. Sadly I didn't realize how much I loved it until he passed away and I inherited his tools. At the time I was a poor kid in college and didn't have much space to work in, so I started using hand tools to make things. I wouldn't have changed the way I learned though, it taught me to appreciate and respect a well tuned tool. I always wanted the nicer hand tools, but didn't have the money to buy them, so I decided to try my hand at making them. This grew into a whole new passion and fast-forward 8 years I started teaching some woodworking classes on the side. Students started asking me about my tools and when I told them that I made them, orders started coming in! About 3 years ago I started Space Age Plane Co.(the name means nothing, but with a marketing background the ideas are endless!), making fine hand planes and saws. My planes are constructed 100% by hand with the aid of very little equipment. My materials are bought through another venture that I do and it helps me keep the cost down. People ask me all the time why or how I can sell my tools as cheap as I do when compared to the competition. The answer is simple; I charge what I think the average guy could afford to spend on a high end, heirloom quality tool. If I can't make a tool at that price point, I scrap it. Just because my prices are a fraction of the competition doesn't mean that I settle for a lesser tool, I will put mine up against anyone's, regardless of the price, in both function and fashion. I concentrate on making a comfortable tool that you can look at, put your hand on say, "I see why you did that". If a tool won't work perfectly in my hands, it doesn't get sold. I have always bought and sold vintage hand tools to support my shop habit and I enjoy it so much that I continue it to this day. I am constantly buying and selling tools as I travel and always have new items to put up for sale. I will soon be offering a few online classes that will include everything you need to join the lesson. If you're interested in a tool or if you have a question, feel free to email me through the site or call me via the number on my contact page. I appreciate your time and business!