Getting ready for another woodworking show, I just uncovered a surprise in a damp corner of the shop: Forty-seven moulding planes from the 18th and 19th centuries, half of them wide complex profiles, the rest more common sash planes and hollows and rounds, ALL PARTIALLY EATEN BY TERMITES! the termite-chambered areas ranging from an inch or so at the toe to as much as the greater part of the stock.
The majority of this unusual collection retain solid areas of the profiled sole, and all have their original laminated irons. A great opportunity for a collector of the strange, or a restorer or planemaker looking for profile patterns and matching irons.
I can’t bring myself to burn these treasures, but if someone wants to offer $1 a piece for the irons and the cost of shipping, please let me know!