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 wood.
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