Just kidding, folks! The Spokeshave used in carpentry work — to take fine shavings off pieces of wood — was one indispensable tool for all “tukang kayu” of olden days.
There were two main types, one with a flat base, and another with a convex base (for finishing work on concave surfaces)
Strange to say, since my final school class of Industrial Arts in 1970, I have never used nor even encountered another specimen. What happened ? I suppose master craftsmen have been replaced by mere machine operators.
In my recent house renovation work, I happened to peep into the tool boxes of the carpenters who came in to work. Inside, all sorts of manual and powered tools inside. But no sign of this tool.
I think the nature of commercial carpentry has changed very dramatically.
After years of making tank-like cars, Volvo made a radical departure in the early 1990s. Enter the model 850.
It came with a 5-cylinder engine, transversely mounted and driving the front wheels ! The body underwent some slimming, but the end result was exotic sexiness in boxiness. The Volvo look was still unmistakeable (what a relief), albeit no longer stolid nor stodgy.
I like the clean, straight lines, the regal front, and elegant rear. And the windows were large and there were glass panels in the C-pillars.
I was saving as much as I could in the hope of buying one, but until the day its manufacturing stopped, I still did not have enough money. Poor me !
Sadly, Volvo cars today no longer have any product differentiation. Worse, Volvo Cars had been sold to Geely of China.