Using a draw knife to remove rot from firewood: an antique shop find

There’s two things dad doesn’t like: crony capitalists and spending money.

But Dad loves antique shopping.

Yeah. Weird.

He’s all about support local businesses. Another way to “stick it to the crony, free-market destroying capitalists.”

And he’ll even occasionally spend money to do so.

A few nights ago, dad came home, grinning, toting two of his golden finds. The following conversation occurred on January 5th, and is dictated from memory. 

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What you got, dad?

And old draw knife and a Stanley #7 plane.

use a drawknife to remove rot from firewood

Cool. What for? 

Well, I keep cutting down old widow makers [translation: trees that are still standing but dead] for seasoned firewood then burning them in the fireplace. But some of them are half rotted. So, I figure, before I try splitting them, I might could pull a blade across the wood and get rid of all the rotted stuff.

use drawknife to remove rot from firewood

Cool. And the handplane?

It’s a handplane, son.

an antique stanley #7 handplane

And?

If you need to ask, you don’t deserve to know.

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I’ve noticed many of the craftsmen woodworkers have a fetish for handplanes. Not sure what that’s about. 

 



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