Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Air Planes

Some of you may remember my airplane sculptures. I featured them on this blog a while back.

For those of you who didn’t see them, I start with an old carpenter’s plane. The size and shape of the plane determine what kind of an airplane it will be. I then add old hide stretchers or barrel staves for the wings, faucet handles for propellers, old furniture casters for landing gear and architectural details for decoration.

My newer planes are more elaborate than my earlier ones. The designs are more fanciful, the construction more precise, and the finishes more colorful. They’re not meant to be realistic. They’re meant to be fun.

I now have them in two galleries. If you’re interested in seeing them in person, please visit Handworks in Acton MA and Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro VT. Both galleries are full of wonderful art.


  1. Love the Planes !!!
    Shows off the artistic and fun side of woodworkers.

  2. These are wonderful Karl. At first glance I thought these were much smaller. Then I noticed the furniture casters and faucets. I love the whimsy. Funny thing how the NH flea markets don't have block planes anymore. :-)