Wednesday, 11 March 2020

London Pattern handles available

About 15-20 years ago I had an opportunity to purchase a large quantity of CITES compliant Brazilian Rosewood sticks. These were off-cuts generated from sawing guitar parts for C.F. Martin in 1966. I was never quite sure what I would do with them... but always thought they would make wonderful tool handles. I made a prototype handle a year or so ago, and was so pleased with it, I decided it might be worth doing a small run of handles. There were 20 sets of 3 made, and they sold very quickly (I used 20" sticks which yielded 3 handles).

I made arrangements to export another larger batch of sticks to the States to do another run. They done... just waiting for the finish to dry.

There is a 1/8" pilot hole for the tang of a chisel or file. The handles are just under 1"... so ideally suited for smaller files and chisels.  

These are only available in the States... as per the CITES export permit. They are $139.00 USD + $10 flat rate shipping anywhere in the US. Send me an email if you are interested;

(photos courtesy of Jameel Abraham).


Anonymous James Watriss said...

Wish I had an excuse to buy some. Beautiful work!

12 March 2020 at 12:28  
Blogger Konrad said...

assuming you have already made your own.

14 March 2020 at 18:58  

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

belts, a spare plane & life long dreams

It seems my interest in a new belt has taken on a wonderful life of its own. I am working with the third batch of cast bronze buckles now, and have a few castings that are not yet spoken for.

The finished belts are $675 Cdn + actual shipping costs (around $25 in North America, Europe around $50). You choose the color of leather strap, the type of Chicago screws - low profile brass, nickel plated, or fixed rivets, and I can supply a diagram to show how to measure the length. 

I have continued to experiment with a fully fabricated buckle. The first prototype is on the left, the second on the right. I changed the orientation of the side profiles - which I like (my friend Luke suggested it). The buckle on the right is not actually stainless steel... but rather made from custom Damascus steel - photos of it below. 

A few shots to show the difference between prototype one and two. Lots of major changes (side orientation) and lots of minor ones too. Playing around with tapers, the size of chamfers etc... feels a lot like making planes... just without the infill :)

I am quite happy with how the Damascus turned out. It was an experiment for sure, and going forward, will make a few changes with the hopes of having the pattern more visible on the top surfaces (more rift sawn than flat sawn).  I am currently talking with a local blacksmith about making some more Damascus. It will take some time, and a lot of careful consideration with regards to pricing... this is labor intensive and a very specific and unique application.

I have a spare K5 available for sale. It was made along side a K5 for a customer ,and this was a set that I was dying to see completed. Some very old, East Indian Rosewood with a bit of curl and wonderful, rich color. 

here are the specs;

- 5-1/2" sole
- 01 tool steel sides and sole
- stainless steel lever cap and screw
- 1 1/2"wide, high carbon steel Iron - 52-1/2 ̊ bed angle
- $2,350.00 CDN + actual shipping cost

Send me an email if you are interested in the K5 or the cast bronze buckle belts;

(photo by Jameel Abraham)

The last blog post was May 2019... a lot has happened since then. At that point, the thought of ever owning a 911 was a pipe dream. I think it was the second item I ever put on my bucket list - after building a canoe (which I still have to do).

Riley and I had just been to Iowa visiting friends with Porsches (911’s and 356’s), and had the trip of a lifetime driving these incredible cars all over Iowa. Little did I know that before we left, I had already found what was to become my own 911. The 1981 silver 911 SC pictured above. There is a very long story behind how all this happened, and will save it for the next post - in the next few weeks.


Anonymous Fairwoodworking said...


26 February 2020 at 01:52  
Blogger Konrad said...

and Thanks!!


26 February 2020 at 08:15  

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Tangerine K13 for sale

Just finished this Tangerine colored K13. It is infilled with dyed and stabilized quilted maple -  the maple is from a tree around the corner from our house - it had been struck by lightning shortly after we moved here. I have been saving the large wedge from felling the tree... I arrived late - the city had already cut everything else into firewood.

 (first day of Rennsport, and the first orange 911)

Ever since my trip to Rennsport last fall, and seeing several blood orange/tangerine colored 911’s, I have wanted to make a plane this color. 

I set out to make this one for myself - so I would have a dyed and stabilized plane to take to shows for people to see and try, but I have been struggling to justify keeping it. I already have a K13 - the prototype, and even though I make planes, there is a point where I cannot justify having so many, let alone 2 of the same model. So after some serious consideration (and stomach acid), I have decided to offer this one for sale.

Here are the specs;
- 3" wide x 13-3/8"long
- 01 tool steel sides and sole
- Stainless steel lever cap and screw
- 2 3/8" wide high carbon steel bade custom made by Ron Hock
- 47.5 ̊ bed angle
- serial number KP48-19 (KP for konrad prototype)


Send me an email if you are interested,


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