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Shaving horses

Postby SeanHellman » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:20 pm

This one is for Rebecca who pm`ed me about the shaving horse I used in the fan bird carving video. I could not find a simple way to include a photo in a pm so I thought I would start a thread on shaving horse pictures. Lets see what yours look like
I have always prefered the dumbhead style, I like open access, especially when shaving longer stock. I also feel that I have a tighter grip on my workpiece. I also do a lot of small stuff which can only really be done with this type of horse, note the tapered table and dumbhead
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The small vice will be replaced with a wooden screw vice. I made it quickly for a show I was doing where I had very little space and needed to make fan birds. The head can also be turned around.
My other dumbhead has a table which angles up from the front end, but after seeing Brain Willianson`s horses, I decided to have a higher table which is parallel with the main bench. I have since made another with an even higher table which can also be adjusted.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby jrccaim » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:04 am

Well, OK. Here are both my shavig horses. The small one at right is for the kids that cluster around in summer, learning woodworking. At some point, I will get rid of the milled yoke, and make one out of hewn timber.
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Re: Shaving horses now with photos

Postby woodness sake » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:59 pm

Hello Sean. Here is a link to a posting on paleoworld about my shave horse. You might have to cut and paste this to your address bar.
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Yes, we can put photos here. :wink:
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby jrccaim » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:06 am

Woodness Sake said:

Hello Sean. Here is a link to a posting on paleoworld about my shave horse. You might have to cut and paste this to your address bar.
Rick Schuman


WOW! I thought I had seen everything. I was wrong. Marvellous. The construction pictures are worth the visit, too.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:17 pm

I love it, I wish I had easy access to branchwood, most of the wood I have access to is straight or in very short lenghts, I am never around when trees are coming down. I have also just been exploring paleoworld, what a great forum, thanks for pointing it out to us. If I am not carefull I could spend all my time on the computer, one forum just leads to another and soon there are not enough hours in the day to keep up with them
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Robin Fawcett » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:40 pm

That is a great construction - could we post the picture here ?

A few years ago I started to make an album of shave horse portraits. Unfortunately I managed to delete a years photolibrary and lost some.

Neil Taylor - chairmaker
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Mark Sidders - spoonmaker
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An Australian cooper called George . .
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Malcolm Ruffel - ladder-back chairmaker
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Made by a student on a weekend course - he wanted to make bows with it.
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A small dumbhead I made for a child.
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Mmmm photoBucket seems to be cutting off the right edge of pics now ?

Unfortunately I lost photos of Owen Jones' which are a bit like Mark the Spoonmaker's or indeed yours Sean.
Come on - post a picture of your shavehorse(s) . . .
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Andy Coates » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:01 am

Here's mine. No pole lathe still, but I did make the horse last year.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby jrccaim » Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:53 am

Wonderful pictures. More!

I find, by the way, that if you tack an old piece of inner tube rubber -- say from a bicycle inner tube -- on one of the sides of the crossbar, it grips wet wood much better. Tip from John Alexander, of chairmaking fame. I agree with the people that say that dumbhead horses grip tighter (they have more leverage) but I prefer the bodger's style -- couldn't quite say why. The inner tube goes a long way towards compensating, especially if the wood is slippery.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby axel » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:56 am

This is getting a bit like Crufts. Best of Breed anyone?
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Robin Fawcett » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:40 am

axel wrote:This is getting a bit like Crufts. Best of Breed anyone?


No they're horses not dogs.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby SeanHellman » Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:59 pm

Maybe we should race them at the AGM, Steeplechase or flat? Maybe dressage instead!

It`s great seeing all the different styles. and peoples thoughts on these great tools of the trade, keep them coming in folks. Great idea about the inner tube and should be good for dryer wood, wet wood does not seem to slip with me. I also tend to use soft woods for the head, which I think has a better grip.

I use inner tube all the time especially for trying up poles, nothing better and free too
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby axel » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:56 am

Useful stuff indeed, 'have seen inner tube used effectively for holding a log together whilst it is split into shingles.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby simon » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:21 pm

This is the first thing I made after reading 'Green Woodwork'. You are in a bit of a chicken and egg situation, no tools to work green wood with untill you have made them. So I used what I had to hand, which is pretty much what I do now.

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It is a bit big and heavy but it works
Make it, mend it, wear it out,
Make it do or do without.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Robin Fawcett » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:00 pm

It doesn't look anything like the shavehorse in Green Woodwork Simon but I really like it . . . very idiosyncratic and individualistic.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Mark Allery » Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:59 am

Snap Simon,

I also made my shaving horse after reading green woodwork, but also inspired by the tutor (by the name of Jonny Morris) on a 1 day course who walked in with his under his arm.

So here's mine folded away, just to distinguish it from all those photos of shave horses sitting on pristine lawns (another thing I don't have).

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And here in use, sort of, I keep meaning to make a new one, but after 4 years the horse stubbornly soldiers on and fails to fall apart - so far!

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