I am delighted to announce that Ron Brese, owner of Brese Plane, is now a sponsor of my blog. You will find the Brese Plane logo on the right-hand sidebar – it links to the Brese Plane web site’s home page.I invite you to visit Ron’s web site, and to start preparing your wish lists.
And, to whet your appetite for Ron’s hand planes, I include a photo of the 875W smoothing plane on the right. Click on the image to enlarge it.
I first met Ron in Berea, KY, in November 2008, during the Woodworking in America conference. And it was during the conference that I had a chance to use one of his infill hand planes. It was hand planing in a totally new level. The heft of the planes was unexpected; and the quality of the shavings they produced from difficult, tricky woods, was remarkable. It opened my eyes to what modern hand planes, and especially ones so well engineered and built by Ron, are all about.
I cannot do justice to provide a full review of the Brese planes. But, to get a good idea of just good they are, I invite you to read the review in Popular Woodworking by Christopher Schwarz, Editor, in December 2008. I extract the following from his review of the 800-255 hand plane, to give you an idea of the flavor of the glowing review:
…I was completely impressed with the tool as a working example. It took fine shavings with no complaint and was predictable to set up and use. It outperformed all my vintage tools and stood shoulder to shoulder with my highly tuned premium tools that I’ve fussed over for years…
As an introduction, Ron will give away a project plane iron. The specifications for this iron are as follows: 2″ wide x 6 3/4″ long x 1/4″ thick. It is made from O-1 steel, and was precision ground after heat treating. The bevel is hollow ground.
Below is a photograph of the plane iron a lucky person will win. Click on the image to enlarge:
Registration for the giveaway is open until June 30, 2009. To register, send me an e-mail message with your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will draw at random the name of the winner on July 1, and will announce the winner on the blog.
Thank you for your support, Ron, and welcome to Sandal Woods – Fine Woodworking!