The history of
the plane is told from several points of view: the lives of the makers;
the uses fro which different planes were designed; the changing shape
of planes (length, profile, wedge, chamfers); makers' marks and those
of owners (often of successive generations) all indicating pride in
craftsmanship and ownership of an expensive possession.
About the Author:
W. L. Goodman has built up contacts with museums and other authorities
around the world, wrote many articles and published this present book
and The History of Woodworking Tools, which established him
as the authority of the subject. Mr. Goodman has long been a member
of the Institute of Handicraft teachers and was recently made an honorary
member of the Early American Industries Association and Vice President
of the British-American Rhykenological Society which is devoted to
the study of the plane.