Monday 30 April 2018

A spare SNo.4L

I started this plane in November 2016 as we were renovating the second floor of our house. A month later, I injured my shoulder and was diagnosed with Parsonage Turners syndrome. Basically, a neurological over reaction to a fairly minor incident. There isn’t really treatment for it – other than to wait for the damaged nerves to recover and then slowly grow back the muscle that has wasted away. The average ‘recovery’ takes 18-24 months. This has been the toughest 16 months of my life – physically and mentally. At this point, I am not sure how this will play out nor what the implications will be for making planes. 

I have started and finished 4, small planes in 16 months – normally I would have made over 40. I am continuing to take commissions, but with the understanding, that I cannot commit to a time frame or even if I will be able to complete it. I am working through the queue, but bypassing all the larger planes – or anything with a handle… I am not able to do that scale work yet (and I a quite certain my jointing plane days are over).

My hope is that I will fully recover and I will be able to return to plane making under my own terms. 

At the risk of sounding like a jerk - for all the people who have said, ‘one day I will buy one of your planes’ over the years… this might be your best option. As I said, I am hoping to be able to put all this behind me, but at the pace I am recovering, and the distance between where I am and where I need to be... I am not sure how long of if it will happen.

The plane is 7" long, with an 01 tool steel sole, bronze sides, lever cap and lever cap screw. The blade is 1-3/4" wide - a custom blade from Ron Hock and at a 52.5 degree bed angle. The infill is desert ironwood.

This SNo.4L has been sold.


Anonymous Fairwoodworking said...

As a card carrying "one day'er", I guess I'll need to upgrade to "Oh God I hope one day'er". Hang in there, whatever "there" becomes. We're all cheering for you.

30 April 2018 at 21:12  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Man!

30 April 2018 at 21:48  
Blogger Daniel said...

I'm in the "I sure hope your recovery will be complete and lasting so that your talent and skill can be enjoyed for years to come, and that you're in full production mode if/when one day I'll be able to put in my order" camp. All the best in your continued recovery.

10 May 2018 at 11:09  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Daniel - that made me smile.

10 May 2018 at 16:35  

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