Collecting old tools is something Iím sure we all enjoy, but for myself, Iím
always fascinated by how they may have been used, and also how well they
Many old tools can be restored and used, but sometimes they are either
badly damaged, or of such historical importance that it would be inappropriate
to use them.
This panel plane by
Robert Wooding is a good example. It is a very early specimen of this maker's
The stepped round topped wedge is a very early feature and possibly an English
interpretation of the Dutch style of wedges of this period.
The iron is also very early and made by William Crosby of Birmingham.