I remember an article in Model Railroader magazine from roughly 1970 plus or
minus 3 years, devoted to Mr. Warther. He was amazing. I can still see in my
mind a picture of him, holding a little carving knife, with all kinds of steam
locos in the background. I'm glad to hear there is a museum of his works. I'll
have to drive over there, check it out!
Regarding the plane with the blade set for cutting the side, it is a relatively
common type of plane in Japan. There it is called aGroove sides plane –
Wakitori-ganna (脇取鉋) or Hibukura-ganna (ひぶくら鉋) .
There are a lot of sliding doors in traditional Japanese homes. The plane gets
the width just right.
Google this 脇取鉋 to see pictures, both of the plane and in use.
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