Thought I would make a quick Dai in Goncalo Alves.
Never worked it before - but David Barron has used it and recommended it for a number of reasons, not least density and wear resistance.
I have used it for Krenov planes but this will be my first Dai.
i like the streaks in it - it was a bowl blank, I cut it into 3 plane Dai blanks
and have been letting it settle for quite a while now.
I will be using a second hand 'beat up' Japanese blade I have restored
and a special chip breaker I have made.
Here I am using the legendary chisel made by Master Stanley San.
It uses a rare unbreakable wood for the handle called 'plastic'
I paid a little extra and got this special figuring in the handle.
(I just stuck a 35 degree bevel on it and smacked the hell out it actually)
I can see daylight - I like this bit - like when the Euro tunnel met in the middle.
Just a little bit smaller and not such a great engineering feat I suppose.
I didn't use a laser either by the way.