Rounding plane, ca. 1760

Contributed by Davistown Museum


Rounding Plane. Pollack (4th edition) lists a J. Holmes mark with no location. All the J. Holmes planes listed by Pollack are shorter than this plane, which more closely matches their listing of a 10" beech mold with flat chamfers, the only known plane of I. P. Holmes of Berwick, Maine. Is there a relationship between the two makers? Is I. Holmes a third Holmes? Is he from the Berwick area? Could J. Holmes be from the Berwick area? Comments and additional information welcomed. This plane was purchased by Bob Wheeler a decade ago from Liberty Tool Co., resold and is now loaned to the museum by the current owner.
Size: 10" long, 1 1/8" wide convex profile.
Markings: "I. HOLMES" (possibly J. Holmes?) and "C. REED" and another "C. R." all on one end of the plane.

A plane is a tool consisting of a flat-bottomed stock with a cutting iron held in a fixed position relative to the bottom of the stock. The purpose of this tool is to shave small pieces from the surface of a workpiece, reducing it to the desired thickness. A rounding plane (also called a Cooper's Rounding Plane) has a concave bottom used to smooth the outside of a barrel or pulley.

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About This Item

  • Title: Rounding plane, ca. 1760
  • Creator: I. Holmes
  • Creation Date: circa 1760
  • Subject Date: circa 1760
  • Location: ME
  • Media: Wood, steel blade
  • Local Code: 50402T2
  • Collection: Maine Made Tool Table-Maritime II
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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