Thanks to your inputs, two new tools are almost ready :
The idea of this first one came to me while joking with some woodworkers : they have been asking me to produce so many different rasps for them that I teased them saying that if it would have been possible, they would ask me to hand-stitch their fingertips ! While most of them simply smiled at my friendly mockery, I saw in the eyes of the craziest of them passing the strange look of someone dreaming to transform himself in the ultimate woodworking superman…
Being strongly opposed to torture my customers, even at their request, I started to search for a better solution. After several months of errors and unsuccessful attempts, here the solution we came up with : The shape of the teeth balde is inspired by both the shape of a thumb and the sole of Ibex tiny planes.
This tool will come in 3 different stitching grains : #14 for finishing, #11 for intermediate works and #9 for hogging off stock. It is meant to be versatile and very maneuvrable (like someone’s fingers). The kind of tool that you end up, once you got used to it, to keep always at hand while woodworking .
Last but not least, being a small surface of hand-stitched teeth (38mm x 22 mm i.e. 1½ » x 4/5″), this should be the cheapest tool of my range.
The second tool is rather the result of a bet with a woodworking friend. I wanted to show him that an un-powered tool could be as efficient and powerful as a powered tool, while avoiding the noise, the dust and the vibrations that remove most of the pleasure of woodworking.
So we came up with this hybrid between a very coarse hand-stitched rasps and a plane, that « eats » the wood faster than me chocolate.This tool is now being tested by various skilled woodworkers. We will release it only if get a positive and unanimous feed-back.