Moulding planes

Two early moulding planes have turned up recently baring the maker’s mark of I Massey. Thomas Granford’s first apprentice was Johnathan Massey, and although we have no evidence to prove that Massey was working as a plane maker rather than just a joiner, these two examples may indicate that he is a plane maker In his own right.

This moulding plane is by S tomkinson. It was originaly thought that Tomkinson was Birmingham maker, but recent discoveries hav now placed him in London

A complex moulding plane by John Rogers of London. This plane is in almost untouched condition, and has no previous owners stamps. The body is 10 1/8 inches long

Early complex moulder by Nathaniel Gamble of London

Note the setting out lines, and that the original profile has be altered

10 inch hollow by an unrecorded maker marked John Symonds.


Also a secondry mark which is in a curious cursive script reading Sallop.


The iron is by Robert Moore. Note the unusual wedge style with the quarter cutout behind the finial

Early moulding plane by John Partridge, with William Cosby iron

This is a later example of a moulding plane by Robert Wooding, possibly having been made after his death, during the period when his widow, Ann Wooding was running the buisness. The plane is in remarkable condition, but unfortunately it has been reduced at the heel to fit into a tool chest.

A very early example of a moulding plane by Robert Wooding.

Note the crude stop shamfers, and steeply dropped shoulder.

The length is 10 1/4 inches

Early moulding plane by William Cogdell.


 The length is 10 1/4 inches, The wedge is an early replacement.

This is a very early moulder, which was possibly made by the craftsman who used it. The plane is made from a beautiful piece of elm.

  Overall length is just over 10 ½ inches.

This is an early complex moulder measuring just over 10 1/2 inches long. although the plane is unnamed it does have an iron by Frances Inman. I'm not sure what the mould was used for, picture frame perhaps?.

  I have tried using this plane, but having no spring it is tricky keeping it on track.

Francis Purdew is one of the earliest of the British planemakers, having started his apprenticeship in the late 17th century.  This moulding plane is a rather poor example, but does retain it's original Thomas Hildik iron, and round topped wedge.

  Purdews distinctive oval mark, is just visible on the side of the plane.

This is a group of planes which were found together, and have a number of different owner’s stamps that are probably three generations of the same family of craftsmen.

  The longest plane is by Robert Wooding, next are two by Thomas Phillipson, and the remaining plane is unmarked. The Wooding is 10 ¼ inches long, but the other three are uncharacteristically short, being only 9 ½ inches long.

A fine example of a plane by William Loveage.

 This plane has a  feature sometimes found on early planes, being a level shoulder, finished with a small ovolo. The iron is original, and is by Aron Hildick. It is just over 10 inches long

Scotia moulding plane by John Davenport.

 This plane retains its original wedge and iron, but unfortunately the iron is not named. the length is 10 7/8 inches long, and 1 3/8 inches wide.

  The plane has setting out lines on the toe and heel, so although it is quite a common profile, it was not cut with a mother plane.

 Davenport served his apprenticeship in 1693, with William Reynolds of London.

This is a very early moulding plane by John Davenport of London. This plane was found with a group of other early planes, in an old wheelwrights workshop near Sheffield. It measures 10 5/8 inches long. I find it amazing that a plane that is probably over 300 years old, with such  a delicate wedge, has survived intact !