An early infill

An early infill

JIM HENDRICKS

With a name like that he should make guitars. Well he did, but has moved on to tool-making and tool restoration. I have several of his creations including a lignum mallet, a fine marking gauge and a variety of smaller items. I also have a number of handplanes passed to me as gifts over time. We share the view that we are but guardians of these things anyway - and that applies particularly to the fine vintage tools.

My latest is a Moseley mitre plane (a 'badger') - a wooden plane made in Pimlico around 1850. I am also 'looking after' a Philly blackwood coffin smoother which is technically the property of Jim (just guardians you know).

Restored coffin smoother, Sorby iron

Restored coffin smoother, Sorby iron

Jim is en excellent restorer of old tools having a large collection of fine handplanes, chisels, the odd spokeshave and many old marking tools.

When not fettling or making tools, Jim goes 'star-gazing'. He has an actual observatory in his back garden, compete with custom-built warm room for all the computers (image capture being his thing).

The observatory is quite a big thing. I know this because deep in the winter on 2013 I helped Jim move it from far-east Kent back home (on the biggest truck we could find to hire anywhere vaguely local). He also has a 180kg lathe... now how would I know that?


Jim's most recent project has been the completion of a fine dovetailed infill panel plane. The body was made by Richard Tomes and is a very fine plane indeed. You can see the whole story of the build at WK Fine Tools 

Some of Jim's fine work is also here