John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <00b301c31ed2$e6f531a0$1501020a@u
cc.ac.uk>) about 'Roman Planes', on Tue, 20 May 2003:
>I am not too sure about Roman planes but I believe that it is thought that a
>model bird found in an Egyptian tomb near Sakkara, in 1898 could have been a
>Though it was all wood and nails as far as I can remember.
Not *aeroplanes*, wood planes!
>We have recently excavated 4 possible small (c.10cm long) planes which date
>to the Roman period. They have iron plates with 2 nails approximately one
>quarter in from each end with an almost central hole and a diagonal flat
>piece of iron extending from it. Does anyone know of any parallels?
Planes so short would be 'block planes'. But it's a bit difficult to
tell without a picture. However, planes had wooden bodies (beech) until
the early 20th century, so an iron plane that old would be a find
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