Good Old Quimby Backus was quite the inventor! This is one of my favorite gadgets of his: The 1880 patent fixed angle bit stock attachment. The ball joint is a classic solution to power transmission that is a beauty to behold!
Great video about how to adjust your basic wooden plane. It's not hard to do but you have to do it the right way else you end up with one of those wooden planes that look as if a mad beaver attacked it on a dark and stormy night.
Think of it. Twelve masters of penmanship in the world. That is sad. This questions our reliance on computers, on texting, on cloud computing, on twitter, on the transference of the written word to the ephemeral world of digital.
Take a few minutes to watch this video. It's absorbing and enlightening. I suspect that now I will have to begin a search for early books on penmanship.