A list of contemporary planemakers

Here is a nice list of current and defunct planemakers. I included the defunct planemakers because sometimes there is a reference to them somewhere but little in the way of what they made.

Modern planemakers

Here is a list of current planemakers (not including Lee Valley or Lie-Nielsen).

For those interested in a prices, I put together a basic table of information. The information is directly from the websites, and the prices reflect the fact that these are hand-made items. Naturally there are also differences between wooden planes, and more complicated infill planes with dovetailed soles. This is by no means a definitive guide – and planemakers not on the list generally provide pricing per individual order.


Defunct planemakers

Over the years, some interesting planemakers have come into the market. What is surprising is how quickly they seemed to have disappeared into the ether. The tell-tale sign is always the website becoming in-accessible.

  • Shepherd Tool (2000-2006) – well known for its infill plane kits.
  • Gabardi & Sons (?-2011) – handmade infill planes.
  • Sturnella Tools (2013-2014) – infill smoothing plane castings.
  • Nice Ash Planes (2012-2014?) – nice wooden planes.
  • Knight Toolworks (? – 2012) – Krenov-style wooden plane kits.
  • DL Barrett & Sons – traditional wooden planes (bench and plough) (Canada) (website defunct as  of Jan 2016)

Note the trend amongst infill plane makers to end up closing up shop. It is probably due to the high cost in manufacturing these planes – or being overwhelmed with orders (which is also not so uncommon).

NB: If the website for a toolmaker no longer functions, I consider the company to be defunct – if it functions again at some later date, I will move the link.


4 thoughts on “A list of contemporary planemakers

  1. Juan Vergara says:

    Hi, there – Nice to see my name listed as an up-and-comer. Please note, however, that I am selling my planes – indeed, that I have been since I first showed them at the Woodworking in America show three years ago this fall. And I’d be delighted to hear from anyone with an interest in my work. Juan Vergara

  2. Mark Maleski says:

    Unfortunately, the link to DL Barrett is dead – doesn’t appear they’re still in business (I hope I’m wrong). I’d add Caleb James, Red Rose Reproductions, and J. Wilding to the list though.

  3. Douglas Bateman says:

    I HAVE a box of antique molding planes with a stamp on it of J. M. Mitchell on one end and the other end is stamped Melville. I have 25 total

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