Tuesday 19 May 2015

My Last Planes.

In the last year my tool sales have doubled, so something has to give. I took my last six bench planes to Handworks and they were gone in a few hours. I won't be making any more.
In the past seven years I've made about 800 planes, it's a shame it has to end.

But all is not lost. I've long been an admirer and user of the HNT Gordon planes from Australia and a few months ago I started selling their spokeshaves and shoulder planes. I now have in stock their palm smoother which is a very handy little plane for small areas and rounding edges. Some of the stock features beautifully figured gidgee, first come first served! Price £99.

I also have on order their high angle block plane and jack plane which should be here in a few weeks.


  1. Hi David,
    Could we know why you will no longer be making the planes. I am personally a bit sad about the news as i was saving to try and buy one :(

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Nick, with sales increasing so much I either need to start employing someone or cut back on the more time consuming products ie planes. So I'm afraid that's the last of them, sorry. All the best, David.

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  2. David, I am so sad you are no longer going to make your planes. I have been waiting to place an order : ( Since you are no longer making them how about making a DVD on how to make them?

    1. Hi Luther, I'm sorry about that. David Finck has made an excellent video on the subject to accompany his equally excellent book, Making and Mastering Wood Planes, a classic. There would nothing more I could add to what he has already produced. All the best, David.

  3. Good day Mr Barron!
    I’m taking a class right now that is dedicated to making wooden hand planes. I love your finishes and I love the littlest plane. My question is regarding the lignum vitae base and it’s final thickness. Is that a trade secret or can you share this info with us?
    Thank you so much!

  4. Hello David

    Please can you tell me when you have the next available place on a plane making course. I know your next one in March is fully booked.

    many thanks