Hand Tool Preservation
Association of Australia Inc

Herbert Edward Watkinson Patented Woodworking Planes

These are a rare Australian-made plane. Only 4 examples are known to exist. If you have information about another, please contact us.

The Association thanks members and friends who have allowed the use of these images for this webpage.

Regarding the images - plane 1 and 2 are black, plane 3 is green. Plane 3 has patent info in the casting, so is considered a production model, compared to the black ones which were probably prototypes.

Patent information for Watkinson covers the two related to a smoothing plane and another to a large adjustable spokeshave-like plane. Examples of the smoother with front adjusters and the spokeshave have not been sighted. The original patent applications can be viewed:

Further information on Watkinson and his planes can be found at www.handplane.com/169/the-watkinson-patent-plane/. This excellent article notes in finishing that "Mr. Watkinson's sister stated, in October 1988, that the three inventions by Mr. Watkinson were never commercially manufactured." - this would explain the scarcity of these tools.




Tools and Trades Day

HTPAA's Tools and Trades Day is on July 7th 2018 9.00 am to 4.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall (Tool Sale location).
The 2018 Day features nine expert speakers who will discuss and demonstrate their tools in the trades of colonial cabinet making, coopering, jewelry making, harness making, the early mechanics tools, pattern making, plumbing and shipwright/sail making.
For more information see the Tool and Trade Day page.

Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 8th July 2018 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Carnegie
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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