Arkansas Living Treasures

Larry Williams of Eureka Springs, has contributed greatly to a revival of the 18th century trade of wood plane making, a cottage industry lost to mass production of the 19th century. He got his start in architectural woodworking as a restoration carpenter and cabinetmaker and began to experiment with making his own planes when he couldn’t find many usable antique tools. Today Williams and his business partner Don McConnell are among the few who make traditional wooden planes that cabinetmakers from hundreds of years ago would surely recognize. In his career, Williams has created and sold thousands of planes, at least 300 of which are used by tradesmen at Colonial Williamsburg.

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