Note: Please click on all photos to enlarge; don’t miss the hand movement!
Joel Moskowitz, the well-owner of Gramercy Tools and Tools for Working Wood, was one of the earliest participants in the Hand Tool Olympics events at Woodworking in America in Valley Forge. He participated in the ripping and squaring competitions; I was present when he competed, and was quite impressed by how well he handled the ripping saw:
Following ripping, each contestant is judged on how well the sawing went. Time is added onto the total time based on the number of cards that can be inserted between the board’s edge and a truly flat edge:
After ripping, it naturally follows that the edge must be squared, to make it ready for edge-gluing to another board. However, the only hand plane available for this squaring job was a bevel-up, low-angle plane. I could hear Joel saying he just cannot use a bevel-up hand plane. Things got a little agitated, and a semi-argument ensued – no one was hurt:
To the rescue: Joel located one of Konrad Sauer’s hand planes – that it happened to be Konrad’s monster jointer… well, it might not have been the optimum hand plane to use, but the results were outstanding:
For anyone who might think for even one minute that Joel spends much of the day managing his business, I have but one thing to say: Joel can work his wood!