| Dear Customer,
Woodworking is all about failure.
Each time we pick up an edge tool, no matter what our woodworking
discipline, what we're ultimately after is inducing wood failure
in a predictable, controllable, and repeatable manner. If our
edges aren't sharp or don't stay sharp, if our tool geometry is
bad, or if our technique is flawed — we fail instead of the
It's this conclusion that has driven much of our evaluation and
design of edge tools. We focus on tool materials and design, on
the mechanics of wood failure, and on how best to support good
technique. Nowhere in our product line is this more evident than
in the trio of planes on the back cover.
With the release of our bevel-up jointer plane, we've substantially
completed our re-interpretation of a basic set of high-performance,
flexible, and easy-to-use bench planes. This trio has a wider
scope of applicability, with greater finesse, than any other set
on the market. Each uncompromisingly addresses a specific function:
the bevel-up smooth for finishing, the jack for shooting and shaping,
and the jointer for truing. The rapid and precise interchangeability
of blades allows you to configure each plane for species, grain,
and the functional considerations of the work at hand. Optimized
handle and mouth positions, weight and balance, combined with
purposeful, accurate adjustment, make each capable of hogging
off material, or producing gossamer shavings.
Despite advances made in tool design, we always have to remember
that it's not just about the tools — it's about the wood.
Recognition that we're after controlled wood failure when we work
will always lead to technical success, assuming we use a properly
configured tool. The artistry we leave to you.
Robin C. Lee