The Forkstaff plane's pronounced concave shape of the sole is designed to make
rounded spindle-like shapes easier. It is an essential tool for making various
agricultural implements as well as spokes, railings and spindles of all sorts.
This plane was made in the18th century by James
Higgs of Westminster, London.
I have always been struck by the relatively large
number of 18th century Forkstaff planes that have survived, but when one
considers how many agricultural implements must have been made over the years,
it's perhaps not so surprising.
This example has an early double iron by John
Green. Sometimes Forkstaff planes were made by altering a standard smoother, but
one can always identify a true one by the curve inside the throat.
This plane measures 6 3/4" in length by 21/4"
wide, by 2 5/8" high