Tension Music – a short poem


Tensors are cable tight

ships, bridges, travel and intersection

distance and timing

held strong by a chord

Love is tensor Music

like the rhythms in DNA twisting

resounding through the ages

in thought and generation

fugues and cantatas

Toccatas and Waltzes

Its a cadenza



Straight as an Arrow


Cadmium ‘rustless plating’

The Record plane components described metaphorically as ‘Pieces of 8’ in the prior post turn out to comprise most of a 1930’s model 44.

Before WW2, many tools were Cadmium plated rather than Chrome or Nickel plated. This plane seems to be Cadmium plated with a greying green finish under the rust which has started to cover the surface.

Cadmium is a toxic metal and from Webpages looks to require some precautions of trying to clean or polish the surface. Inhalation of Cadmium dust particles is immediately toxic.

“Before I come down with symptoms ranging from bones cracking and or kidney failure I will need to take care in the cleanup process to avoid creation of cadmium dust”

Next issue – a couple of screws loose

The plane ‘skate’ has some bushings with 1/4″ BSF screws required to hold the fence rails in place. 

BSF is a fine Whitworth form of screw thread invented 19th century and is part of the British standard.

I figured the thread by measurement and counting threads per inch at 26 TPI.

The screw must be around 1/2 inch with a 3/8th in head diameter.

Need 2 of these Screws

Pieces or 8 or 8 Pieces

Pieces of 8
A small collection of tool components for a RECORD 044 Plane – Circa 1934

“I got a bunch of old planes from a the bloke who I got that active respirator from.”

” he only wanted a few dollars,.. did you want to take a look at them ?” – My Dad said.

We went down to dad’s shed and he had three planes in a plastic bag.

” Can I try the handle – do you want to keep this one ?”

” Sure – if you can use it – why not have this one… I’ll keep the other two., you should be able to clean it up. – he said”

We searched through the pieces in a bag and dragged out the ones that looked like they fitted. I brought them home on the weekend and slightly been looking at them.  It turns out to be a slightly rusty but probably still useable Record Plough Plane, circa 1934, made in England and I’ve never used one before.  There are some pieces missing, but

The question is:-

1934 – it means its old, very old, pre-WWII – and apparently a collectors item – worth a lot more than even my dad paid for it. Maybe over 100 times what he paid for it.  So — should I keep it as a tool, as was my original intention, or sell it on e-Bay as a collectors item ? Should i keep it till it is 100 years old and then try to sell it on eBay in 2034 ?

I may do neither – I’ve seen British TV shows where heritage buildings are restored and preserved, but always with an idea that the original parts, preserved are still obviously the original.  So as a tool – i could use it and wear the original blades out. I could find new screws to replace the missing ones – making sure they are a different colour or head shape perhaps ?  It was made to be used or collected — that is the question.  And if collected – restored and collected ? and if used restored and used for another generation ?

I think this may be the beginning of a new journey.