As this social isolation keeps going and all the jobs I should be working on slip into distant memory, I continue to be grateful for just how lucky I am. My new liitle workshop is a haven of creativity and productivity which keeps me occupied for hours on end. Lately I have pulled out all my scraps of unusual timber to use for odd toolmakling jobs I have wanted to do for literally years. Starting with a collection of chisels with new handles turned from European Ash recovered from council tree pruners working in our street. Next a set of travishers and spokeshaves out of Jarrah with blades I think I bought but it was so long ago I cant remember. Finally a set of Japanese style marking gauges in Oak recovered from a dressing table found on hard rubish and two Japanese sytle planes made from laminated Jarrah. I bought the blades dirt cheap at Alameda market and brought them back in my suitcase. I have to say I am very impressed with the planes and will definitly be making more wooden bodied planes.
Hope everyone is surving lockdown and can keep going.