A wicked wedge
Sorry about all the boxwood planes recently - I promise the next one will be different (think, Honduran Rosewood burl). That being said - I could not resist posting about this plane. It is a 1/2" wide, 6" long shoulder plane. I have made a few of these over the years, and curiously - they have all been steel sided versions.
It is the wedge for this plane that is so striking. I had a small section of boxwood that clearly had a large branch coming out of it. I took a chance and cut into it to see if there was any typical crotch figure in it. I was not prepared for it to be this spectacular!
Here is a photo of the rough wedge layout beside my own plane to show how perfectly the figure would fit into the wedge shape.
And the finished wedge. It seems almost a shame to hide all the curl in the body of the plane:) I think there is enough left for one, maybe two more wedges.