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93435 Randy Roeder <roeder.randall@m.. May-01-2001 More early surforms

Matthew Kennedy sent in a summary summary information about  early
surforms in Australia. I asked if I could post it to the list--
apparently the first blades go back to at least 1948.

If anyone has any other pre-1958 information, I'd be beholden.

>>>>>>>>>>

>   from Australian Woodworking PlaneMakers Second edition by Trevor D.
Semmens

>   SIMMONDS AEROCESSORIES
>   > 1958
>   Ballarat Victoria
>   (owned by Firth Cleveland Pty Ltd of Wolverhampton England)
>   Stanley became owner of Surform trademark in 1967.
>   Surform blades patented November 8 1949 by Firth (Aust Pat 144430)

>   Simmonds made 3 planes using the surform blade.
>   Diecast Block plane 140mmx43mm
>   Diecast plane 254x43
>   Diecast compass blade.

>   I believe the surform plane in the Tauton plane book is a
simmonds,though I
>   may be wrong.

>   I have a couple of surform planes, so they must have been common in
>   Australia.



93457 michael Lindgren <mlindgre@b... May-01-2001 Re: More early surforms

Randy writes about surforms:

>Matthew Kennedy sent in a summary summary information about  early
>surforms in Australia. I asked if I could post it to the list--
>apparently the first blades go back to at least 1948.
>
>If anyone has any other pre-1958 information, I'd be beholden.

	While I have nothing to contribute about surform history, I did
want to post a movie review, since it is related.  I got to go to 
see "Pearl Harbor" last weekend.  Didn't think it was particularly
good, but there was one scene where there were some folks at a beach,
and a shot of a guy working on an old surfboard, and he was using
a surform-like tool on it.  The scenes were so short it was over
before I could get a good look, but that is what it appeared to be
to me.
	Anyway, I leaned over to the friend who dragged me to this and said,
"I don't believe that they were making surforms as early as 1941", thus
amusing myself greatly.  Hey, how many people who saw that movie last 
weekend have recently read a thread about when surforms were invented?  

Best regards, Mike Lindgren