Secrets of the Spill Plane

A fascinating old tool comes to life.

What’s a spill plane? Well, it’s a little-known specialty plane that creates a shaving—called a spill—that’s tightly curled and tapered to a point. In the days before matches and lighters, a spill was used to take a flame from the fireplace to light candles, lamps and pipes. (A typical spill will burn for more than a minute.) During this video, you’ll learn how a spill plane works and how to set it up.

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