SIMPLY AFFORDABLE QUALITY IN HAND CRAFTED AUSTRALIAN TOOLS

After several years of development H.N.T. Gordon and Co Classic Plane Makers of Australia sold their first woodworking hand planes in 1995. They are a family business that produces a range of hand crafted woodworking planes for the person with craftsmanship in mind. In 2011 and 2012 HNT Gordon released several new planes as follows: Small Curved Sole Spoke Shave, Dado Planes and a Radius Plane bringing their impressive range of planes up to 40 various types and sizes in total. We also developed a Tail vice that is retro fit able to any bench which is very useful when using dado planes.

HNT Gordon also employed their first full time apprentice in 2012 who is my son Nelson Gordon. I guess the start of a second generation of Planemakers at HNT Gordon.   In 2014 HNT Gordon employed its second full time apprentice Jake Gordon.

Terry GordonTerry Gordon is the head Planemaker and owner of the business and the following statements outline his business principles.

  • 'Any Bench plane we make will be able to plane or scrape any wood without tearout, plus all our other planes are optimised for hard, cranky woods. That being said they will perform very well on softwoods also.
  • We will only use high quality materials with a simple appropriate design to offer customers affordable quality in tools that will make your woodwork better.
  • We have done considerable development work to learn how to harvest, dry and stabilise Australian hardwoods (in particular gidgee) to give give us a superior quality wood for plane making that has ever been used before. In conjunction with this we have learnt how to combine this wood with brass using modern glues to enhance the function and life of some wooden planes. As a consequence of this work we offer an unconditional guarantee on workmanship and materials without hesitation.

Terry says - Making high quality products that last a lifetime makes him feel he is contributing to the health of the environment as too often today we are seeing cheap poor quality imported products ending up as landfill in Australia after only a short period of service. This is not good for our environment.

We have our workshop and show room in ALSTONVILLE, northern NSW. The showroom will be open to woodworkers to try HNT Gordon planes and view planes being made. All planes will be available for sale and visitors will be able to hand pick the plane of their choice. Other related accessories for woodworking will also be available. The showroom is generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. When Terry and staff are attending the Woodshows, the showroom may not be open every day. Please call ahead or email us prior to your visit to ensure a representative is available.
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Hi Terry, payment has been sent. I'm looking forward to using another of your great planes. I recently liberated one of your Cooktown Ironwood block planes with tool steel iron from the USA where it had sat unused in its box for a number of years. Showing it to one of my mates I was immediately met with ridicule for buying a wooden plane, which surely couldn't be as good as a steel or iron plane. I then quickly reset the blade and took to a cranky piece of Pink Ivory. So, without a single pass on the honing stone and completely unknown history the little block plane started shaving wispy curls off the 2 x 2 block of wood. One end had some tiny tear out so I reversed the iron and scraped the surface down to a superb burnished finish. I then applied a little Organoil burnishing oil to half of the finished surface and passed it to my sceptical mate who could barely believe his eyes that it hadn't been finished with 1200 grit sandpaper. Mission complete. I can't wait to see how it goes after I give it a sharpen up. So be proud of another great plane and 2 total converts to your excellent tools. I'll certainly be back for more as my miserable service disability pension allows. Who needs food? Regards Geoff Williams