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