Why I can't retire.
When I announced my retirement in 2015, I never intended to close my workshop down, but to move on to new areas of interest, spending time on projects away from tool making. After a lifetime spent as a tool maker this has proved more difficult than I had anticipated, and as I look over my past work my thoughts are still buzzing with potential improvements.
My ideas for 'the next Holtey plane' have now nagged me to the extent that I am announcing a new project - a Smoother, the most versatile and popular of all the tools I have made in the past. The new plane has no name yet - you will need to follow my blog for regular updates on the process and progress of design and manufacture.
With this new design I intend to keep it simple, clean and classic, and without an adjuster! It would appear there is a cult following for this style of plane. Omitting the adjuster brings several advantages, firstly by allowing me the space to design comfortable handles in a plane less than 8 inches long. Secondly adjusters are time consuming to build and account for a large part of my costs, so I should be able to offer this new plane for a significantly lower price than my other 98 series designs.