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    What's been going on!

    Hi guys, let me start off by saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone for their support. I could not have imagined a better start to my plane-making business than the one I've experienced. I was thinking I would probably sell about 10-15 planes a month starting out on the site(not including locally, tool shows, events, etc.) and last month I sold over twice that. Selling tools is great, but I love to talk shop with woodworkers everywhere and I must say that I have met some great people who give me the inspiration to eventually do this full-time. So, with that out of the way, here's what has been going on in my shop; First, plane making! I have had to set time aside every day and evening to be in the shop doing nothing but making planes. My Smoothing Planes and Chariot Planes have been the best sellers so far. I try to make sure I always have a large stock of metal and wood for my planes, but I have run into some issues with some Ebony that I recently got. When making planes, just like any fine-woodworking project, the wood must acclimate to it's surroundings. This presents a problem when I run low because 99% of the market for exotic wood sells air-dried, still wet stock. I go out of my way to buy whole logs when possible or entire wood collections that have been drying for years. I dropped the ball and got down too low on Ebony, so I freaked out and bought some stuff that was being sold as "dry" from someone I have never dealt with. I checked it with my moisture meter and it was a little wetter than I had hoped for so I just roughed out the blanks and let it sit. 2 days later, I had a nice big pile of checked Ebony on my shelf. Lesson learned. I then went to a friends shop who has a beautiful collection and begged him to part with at least what I needed to finish my orders and after a trade for a smoothing plane, I got what I needed.  Next, I have been tuning and selling lots of saws. Saws have always been my one "collector" tool. I have this obsession with them because in my humble opinion, it's the one hand tool that cannot be rivaled by anything new. A quality vintage, well taken care of, precisely tuned saw will work just as good as anything that can be bought today. I take a lot of pride in my saw-tuning abilities and always work with the saw for a few days, tweaking and adjusting things until it's just right. I have been talking with the guys over at Lumberjocks.com and have decided that I will soon be putting together "sets" of saws that everyone should have in their shop, so look on my site for this to appear.  So besides regular life stuff, that's what I've been up to. I will try to  update the blog more frequently and if anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me! Thanks!

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