The Legendary Karl Holtey’s Last Plane

The original masterpiece. The Holtey 98 Smoothing Plane was the maker’s first original design.

The No. 984 panel plane, currently in production, will be the last run of commercial handplanes in Karl Holtey’s legendary and innovative 26-year career. His first original design is shown above. I had the chance early on in my time at Popular Woodworking to handle several of his incredible tools, and take a few shavings. It was about a year after I joined the staff and maybe 1 week after […]

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