Author Archives: Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.

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The vendor of this chest describes it as a circa 1780 mahogany bachelor’s chest with a caddy top. Fig. 1. Inoffensive looking late eighteenth-century chest. What say the sleuths? Jack Plane

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Picture This CXLV

Lot 230 in Bonham’s recent The Gentleman’s Library Sale was this late early walnut chest (figure 1). Fig. 1. George II walnut caddy top chest of three drawers, circa 1735. (Bonham’s) ‘Late early’ may sound a little Irish, but, with … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

What a year! Cheers to everyone who took the time to read my posts over the past year, and a special thank you to those who commented on them. Wishing everyone happiness and prosperity in 2021. Jack Plane

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Season’s Greetings

Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Francis Wheatley, The Mistletoe Bough, circa 1790. Jack Plane

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Swizzle

The only use for the timber of the swizzle tree (Quararibea turbinata) that I can find is for making goad sticks (figure 1). Fig. 1. Goad stick with swizzle haft. However, ‘swizzles’ are concoctions that originated on the island of … Continue reading

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Laburnum

Laburnum is a genus of two species of small deciduous trees viz. common laburnum (Laburnum anagyroides) and alpine laburnum (Laburnum alpinum). Laburnums are native to southern Europe but are omnipresent throughout the British Isles. Fig. 1. A laburnum at Barrington … Continue reading

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Gothic Revival

There has been some revived interest in Gothic Windsor chairs in these parts lately. I had an enquiry from a reader about the possibility of my making a Gothic Windsor for him. That’s on-going. I have also received mail from … Continue reading

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Random Wax of Kindness

Extensive waxing (whilst remaining customarily hirsute) gives me great pleasure for a couple of reasons viz. it means the furniture acquires a glorious glow and the weather must at last be cool. We have indeed had several recent frosty starts … Continue reading

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All right sleuths; let’s be having your opinions please. As per usual, I may withhold some comments for a short period.   Jack Plane

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Sticking with Original Recipes

Further to my instruction in L for Leather on the preparation of flour paste for laying leather and baize etc., I was recently looking for something unrelated in The Carriage Trimmers’ Manual (published in 1881) and came across a couple … Continue reading

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