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Holtey handplanes are held in great esteem, not just because they are outstanding woodworking tools, but because they are original examples of the absolute apex of the craft of plane making. I cannot think of a single modern plane maker, from the smallest workshop to the largest factory, who wouldn’t list Karl as one of their significant influences and sources of inspiration.
Picking up where Thomas Norris left off, and then applying the benefits of 100 years of advances in engineering, his own meticulous and progressive quality standards and no small measure of innovation, Karl has repeatedly set the bar higher than any other maker in the history of the craft.
In his own words, he is “not a manufacturer and something a little bit more than a maker”, his planes were only made in small numbers and very rarely come up for sale at all, so it is a great privilege to be able to share a few examples with you here.