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Smoke Prints - Documenting Planemaker Marks
by Amy Harrington McAuley‎

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Recently I was looking at the Goodman's appendix
(British Planemakers from 1700) and ran across a small chapter about smoke prints...

 ... and how helpful they can be in looking at maker stamps and user marks. So I set out on today's adventure.

We did have a fine tea strainer in the house but I was FORBIDDEN to use it. So I took a small walk to our local spice shop and picked up a cheap strainer. At home I tore it apart and fashioned a handle that I could hold with my bum hand.

Following the instructions in Goodman I was pretty pleased with how they came out.

I was a little bit concerned about burning or harming the wood but it seemed to do nothing at all. I figured if Jane Rees uses this method it would do no harm. I think it will be a good way to catalog my planes for research and insurance purposes.

Much concentration. Best not to have doors or windows open as the soot trail is very wispy. Putting the strainer down over the flame creates a thin trail of soot. I'm trying to deposit this soot over the maker stamp.

I'm placing a piece of scotch tape over the mark.


 

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