Beautiful Bronze Mitre Plane circa 1980 by PETER GABY Canada MINT - 91908 - AS OF MAR 4

$ 1,195.00
  • Beautiful Bronze Mitre Plane circa 1980 by PETER GABY Canada MINT - 91908

Beautiful Bronze Mitre Plane circa 1980 by PETER GABY Canada MINT - 91908 - AS OF MAR 4

$ 1,195.00
Item #: 91908

Bronze with cocobolo infill and wedge. 10 1/2 inches long. 2 1/8 snecked iron. MINT condition with light patina. Marked "P.G." and "100."

I received the following letter from the maker:

Peter Thomas Gaby



Hi Jim,

I have to thank you for some fine entertainment.

To see one of my “Get Rich Quick” projects pop up to of the woodwork once again is always course for humor.

Last time I saw the plane I think Martin D. sold it.

I don’t know if we have ever meet, I have been out of the antique tool business for some time now, I still keep in contact with Doug Orr with both of us being long term friends & living in the same town, Ottawa.

It was Doug that alerted me of your listing.

The plane is not Bronze but common Brass & the infill is African Zebra Wood, this was requested by the original purchaser a Bob Bowen, (Another Tool Dealer) from Toronto, Ontario.

In the 1980 period these infilled Brit planes were really hot & the Mitre’s were selling for very nice money with Roy Arnold, Don & Anne Wing & a bit later David Stanley, doing a great selling job.

A number of us both sides of the Atlantic thought we could capitalize on this demand by making repro’s.

Another great friend Gay Gaynor via Colonial Williamsburg formed the Jamestown Tool Company & made a small number of Mitres, I think he Milled the Dovetails.

On the Brit side there was the Bristol Tool Co. who again made Mitre’s, I forget the owners name but he was well in with all the Limie Tool guy’s of the time.

Then there was me up in the great white Northlands.

My total out put was four prototypes & one production plane, the one you have.

The four protos I still have, the Mitre, Shoulder Rabbet, Chariot & a 12-14” Lever Cap Try ? Plane.

Mine were very primitive in manufacture being completely hand made, Dovetails cut via hacksaw & files.

I started out to prove how the impossible Dovetails were made, with my Metal Fabrication apprenticeship behind me I guessed the tails were left long & then peened back into the flared base cut outs.

Therefore producing a Dovetail joint that could not come apart from any direction or in theory in that case, impossible to be put together as well.

It was more like a riveting operation than a precise fit up as one would see in wood working dovetails.

Needless to say that was my first & only foray into the Antique tool fabrication business.

I took the time to examine your complete listing, I was very impressed by your selection of early items, outstanding is the word that comes to mind, I have no idea how you could put a grouping like that together.

Are there clients for this quality or are they still scrambling about for Stanley material ?


Well Jim, my greatest thanks for the memories, it was a time I would do all over again with hesitation.


With best wishes & kindest regards,



Peter.



Peter-Thomas Gaby-Restorations.
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Bronze with cocobolo infill and wedge. 10 1/2 inches long. 2 1/8 snecked iron. MINT condition with light patina. Marked "P.G." and "100."

I received the following letter from the maker:

Peter Thomas Gaby



Hi Jim,

I have to thank you for some fine entertainment.

To see one of my “Get Rich Quick” projects pop up to of the woodwork once again is always course for humor.

Last time I saw the plane I think Martin D. sold it.

I don’t know if we have ever meet, I have been out of the antique tool business for some time now, I still keep in contact with Doug Orr with both of us being long term friends & living in the same town, Ottawa.

It was Doug that alerted me of your listing.

The plane is not Bronze but common Brass & the infill is African Zebra Wood, this was requested by the original purchaser a Bob Bowen, (Another Tool Dealer) from Toronto, Ontario.

In the 1980 period these infilled Brit planes were really hot & the Mitre’s were selling for very nice money with Roy Arnold, Don & Anne Wing & a bit later David Stanley, doing a great selling job.

A number of us both sides of the Atlantic thought we could capitalize on this demand by making repro’s.

Another great friend Gay Gaynor via Colonial Williamsburg formed the Jamestown Tool Company & made a small number of Mitres, I think he Milled the Dovetails.

On the Brit side there was the Bristol Tool Co. who again made Mitre’s, I forget the owners name but he was well in with all the Limie Tool guy’s of the time.

Then there was me up in the great white Northlands.

My total out put was four prototypes & one production plane, the one you have.

The four protos I still have, the Mitre, Shoulder Rabbet, Chariot & a 12-14” Lever Cap Try ? Plane.

Mine were very primitive in manufacture being completely hand made, Dovetails cut via hacksaw & files.

I started out to prove how the impossible Dovetails were made, with my Metal Fabrication apprenticeship behind me I guessed the tails were left long & then peened back into the flared base cut outs.

Therefore producing a Dovetail joint that could not come apart from any direction or in theory in that case, impossible to be put together as well.

It was more like a riveting operation than a precise fit up as one would see in wood working dovetails.

Needless to say that was my first & only foray into the Antique tool fabrication business.

I took the time to examine your complete listing, I was very impressed by your selection of early items, outstanding is the word that comes to mind, I have no idea how you could put a grouping like that together.

Are there clients for this quality or are they still scrambling about for Stanley material ?


Well Jim, my greatest thanks for the memories, it was a time I would do all over again with hesitation.


With best wishes & kindest regards,



Peter.



Peter-Thomas Gaby-Restorations.