SIMPLY AFFORDABLE QUALITY IN HAND CRAFTED AUSTRALIAN TOOLS

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Hey Terry,
What are you playing at?? This plane's no bloody good at all!
How can I possibly take something that pretty into a dirty dusty workshop and scratch up lumps of wood with it? Came up very nice he sez? What a master of understatement. It is so beautiful that I can't even bring myself to put grubby hands on it and try it out yet! I put it together and it's sitting beside me on top of a veneered quarter sawn silky oak bookshelf, which it puts to shame. And anyway I don't need to try it because I already know your planes will true up the edge of a postage stamp. And probably take the ink off the face without hurting the paper as well!
What a privilege to have someone of such talent make me such a tool. Particularly in these days when so many people don't even understand what true quality actually is. (Did you watch "Longitude" on ABC recently? Somebody understood why old Harrison spent his lifetime inventing and perfecting the maritime clock.) I thought your stock planes were brilliant, and then you made me the little one which is just extraordinary. But this time you have really excelled yourself. I wish my old Dad had lasted long enough to see it. Truly fine tools delighted him endlessly, but he was never fortunate enough to have anything like this.
I think I'll just leave it sitting on the bookcase for a few more days.
With very sincere thanks,
Ian.