Thursday, 21 September 2017

Olliver Sparks Plane at EWS

Ollie Sparks had some of his beautiful planes on display at EWS including a small, numbered batch of miniature smoothers. Based on the rare Norris no 21 this is his interpretation.

Ollie cast the bronze body himself and even turned the bolts on his lathe.
The lovely infill is Honduran rosewood.

As usual the mouth is extremely tight and despite it's size is a very usable plane.
It is 3 1/2" long x 1 1/4" wide with a 1" blade bedded around 52 degrees.
This plane is mine but I believe Ollie has one left from the batch priced at £700 if anyone is interested.

Sadly I don't own an original Norris 21 but this A14 has a similar rear end and will give you a sense of scale.

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