Friday, October 24, 2008

Brown Tool Auction Bonanza

If you've never been to a Brown Tool Auction and Dealer Show, you are missing out on a chance to be in the presence of a boat load of handtools—rare, beautiful, user-friendly, collectible, utilitarian—and scads of other handtool lovers chatting about their favorite subject.

Today, I found what I've been scouting for a few years: user moulding planes with delicate profiles at decent prices. I bought three and they are in near perfect condition.

As I was paying for one, a 70-something year old man walked over and joked that he'd never seen a lady buy a plane before. I told him it was a Christmas present. To which he replied, "Oh, you're buying it for someone else. Well, you had me there for a second."
"It's a Christmas present for me", I grinned.

Later, I saw him again when he was standing with his wife and he pulled me over. "This lady bought a handplane!" To which his wife replied crossly, with hands on hips, "I bought a handplane before! And that's a sexist comment. You could get in trouble for that!"

I thought my day was complete.

Then I ran into Jim Leamy and his lovely wife, Becky, who are always so gracious to talk with me at these shows. Jim told me I could stop by his shop for an interview sometime, so be prepared for some amazing eye candy in a future post.

As I was saying goodbye, Jim reached beneath his display table and removed something that he placed in my hand. It was two of his miniature beech rabbet (rebate) planes. One is 3/8" and the other is 3/16". Both are exquisitely crafted and stamped with Jim's maker's mark and he wanted me to have them.

And that's what made my day complete. I never thought I'd be able to say that I'm a proud owner of a Jim Leamy plane, let alone two. Thanks, Jim!


woodtreks said...

Kari - Two heirloom planes. What a fantastic surprise and what a tribute to you that Mr. Leamy thinks so highly of you that he would give you such a gift. Keith

Dave said...

Congrats on a nice score of antique planes. Oh, and if you would like for me to ensure those Leamy planes are adjusted right just send them to North Alabama, heck you can even send them C.O.D. & I'll pay the postage.

Unknown said...

Oh I feel for Nancy. All weekend long "Who wants to be me?!?!"
What a great gift!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm happy for both of us - you, for getting a group of serious hand planes and me, because I know your gonna' write and take pictures so you can teach me how to use them. Cheeky little bugger, aren't I?

Dan said...

Nice! Both the vintage and the new planes are sweet! What a good day indeed - and many more to come using them!

Kari Hultman said...

Thanks guys! :o)

Anonymous said...

James Killam (b. 1798), planemaker in Glastonbury, CT, 1822-1860

Benjamin Sheneman, Philadelphia planemaker, 1846-1867

T. Goldsmith, (b. 1779 in England), Philadelphia, planemaker 1801-1837

All very nice furniture or small architectural molding profiles... and during those time periods, there was often little difference between the two

Kari Hultman said...

Awesome, Gary, thanks!!