Traditional handplanes history

In the Nordic countries, we find a long unbroken tradition in the use of woodworking planes.

The forerunner to the wooden plane in Norway, we expect to be the «pjål»

A «pjål» has minimal support and rounded iron, but is sometimes more efficient than today’s planes. Boat builders used the «pjål» possibly up to 1940’s, but the tool is now starting to get a clean reputation and return within the traditional crafts.

Plane iron is found in Viking graves, but not the wooden part, due to aging.

Links – wooden planes:

Use of «pjål»

NHU-Maihaugen – plane making

wiki plane

More will follow…

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The picture is from a German book from the 1500’s. The plane we see here is a smal jointerplane.

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