Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to the shop to fiddle with my square, saw and pricker.— Christopher Schwarz, Jan. 26, 2008
And so signs off Chris his latest entry, “Fascination with Fore Planes“, which appeared today on his personal blog at Lost Art Press: Blog. From his entry I learned a new word, one that I will start using right away, too – it is both respectable, and fashionable: Pricker. And I love it!
“The smoothing plane marked B 4. must have its iron set very fine, because its office is to smooth the work from those irregularities the fore plane made.”
Joseph Moxon’s “Mechnick Exercises” – 1678 (reviewed by Christopher Schwarz)
This one made my day. I was so happy to learn that 330 years ago no one seemed to worry about making gossamer shavings with a smoothing plane! So, I have quit worrying about it; but I will definitely make it my objective to get better with my hand tools, all of them, including the fore plane, the smoother and yes, the pricker.
Long story, short: I left Chris a Comment, thanking him for making my day with his review of this old book. After all, if they did not worry about thin shavings in 1678, why should I worry about it today? I will simply set my B 4. iron very fine… I can already see a much larger duty for my scrapers on a daily basis from now on… and maybe even my drum sander, followed by the scraper. I agree: It is an obsession with these large tools!