Ode to a Brilliant Australian Toolmaker

May 26, 2020 - Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

I use a lot of hand tool processes when I'm building a handmade bespoke furniture piece. Not only is it enjoyable, but it also offers efficiency in small, home workshops. Ones that don't have the capabilities to use large scale machine sanders and need to keep noise and electricity usage to a minimum.

The planes made by Australian toolmaker, HNT Gordon, allow me to quickly take out marks left by my machines and move onto the joinery of the piece.


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Hnt Smoother on a custom American Walnut round dining table.

This means I go through a minimal amount of sandpaper and it helps keep me fit.

The HNT planes and spokeshaves are beautiful but more importantly, work brilliantly despite the challenges that Australian timbers throw at them.

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Hnt Smoothing plane working on custom sideboard door cleats.

I am in no way affiliated with HNT Gordon and haven't even met Terry. I just thought, given the economic climate at present, what better time than now to support quality Australian business?


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