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Mar 14

Leon Robbins – Planemaker

Leon Robbins Panel Raising Plane_1
Leon Robbins Panel Raising Plane_2
Leon Robbins Panel Raising Plane_3
Leon Robbins Panel Raising Plane_4
Leon Robbins Panel Raising Plane_5
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Leon Robbins Panel Raising Plane_7

Should have bid on them…should have bid on them…

A wonderful pair of panel raising planes from Leon Robbins recently surfaced on eBay. I got scared off when they went north of my own set figure, but in retrospect they were still a fantastic acquisition at the final sale price of $610.

Leon Robbins was one of those ‘one-of-a-kind’ planemakers who did things his own way. He was most well-known by his association with Michael Dunbar and his windsor chair making class at The Windsor Institute. Leon passed away in November 2007, but a lot of his planes are still in circulation and can be purchased from Crown Planes, the company Leon set up when he started making planes. (His own planes carry a crown stamp, but the ‘N.E Toolworks’ stamp on these planes was the retailer I believe. Leon supplied planes for N.E. Toolworks who added their own stamp).

When Leon died, Michael Dunbar penned a fitting tribute to the man on his blog, which is well worth a read, as it gives an insight into the craftsman and the way he worked.

3 comments

  1. Bob Vik

    Hi,
    I have a pair (unused)of “Tiger Maple”raised panel planes that were sold by Garrett Wade (NY, NY) I need to get them out of storage to see who manufactured them: they look exactly like the pictures posted on Hackney tools.com. Could these be Leon Robbins planes?
    Regards,
    Bob

  2. Bob Vik

    HI,
    Update, I looked at the planes ant the have “LR” stamped on the ends. They are available if someone is interested.
    R,
    Bob

  3. Gary

    Can you send some pics pease, Bob? Mail@hackneytools.com

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