Curious as to what it could be I opened it and found a letter from Saint Ralph. Ralph explained that he and Ken had collaborated on sending me a Bailey No 3 hand plane.
The plane was securely wrapped in cardboard and bubble wrap, and was disassembled.
When I started unwrapping the plane my heart sank. Ralph had mentioned in the letter that he had rehabbed the plane, and upon seeing the individual parts I became painfully aware how far from my own pitiful rehabbing efforts the job that Ralph had done was!
Ralph's rehabbing is nothing short of immaculate.
Ken had sharpened the blade, so all I had to do was to assemble the plane, and what a joy it was, to assemble a plane that was already rehabbed.
Right now the kids have a winter vacation, so I plan on giving Asger some instructions in how to adjust the plane, and then I will let him bring the plane with him to school, so he can show his teacher what a sharp plane looks like and feels like.
Thank you very much, Ralph and Ken for this very thoughtful present. It is deeply appreciated, and I am certain that the plane will see a lot of work in the future.
Rehabbed Stanley No 3.
When mirror finish is more than a word!
This is how you wrap a plane for shipping.