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Re: Shaving horses

Postby RichardLaw » Fri May 20, 2011 8:54 am

Re City timber.

I have seen many trees in cities. I have seen many parks in cities with many trees. Last October I was in Brooklyn after that cyclone had passed trough and Prospect Park was full of downed trees. Maybe city dwellers need to make connections with the park services people and find out what timber is going begging? Many people who work with trees have told me they are rather dismayed to put good timber through a chipper. However, they usually work under time pressure and therefore won't be coming around your flat with an odd log. You will need to go and collect it - preferably while they are on with the cutting. You get nowt if you don't ask.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby 81stBRAT » Tue May 24, 2011 7:55 pm

My shaving horse exchanged for one willow tree in 1979 New treadle fitted for this job needed more height, wing at bottom of tongue gave enough controll to debark these fence post.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Mike Abbott » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:14 am

steve tomlin wrote:hi,i'm glad that this is sparking some discussion.

Hi Steve. I agree with you on this at least! I love to read this debate and long may it continue. I'm an evangelist and I get more fun converting newcomers to the delights of green wood chair-making than I do preaching to the converted but there is room for us all.
I loved your comments in your blog. You can see my reply in the next ed of Living Woods Mag.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby RichardLaw » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:43 am

81stBRAT wrote: wing at bottom of tongue gave enough controll to debark these fence post.


Like that modification old boy! That's the thing about a hoss it's so easy to adapt it.

I particularly like it when they become dual purpose Like Dave Jackson's gypsy flower knife, I've seen a rake tine cutter mounted on one. There's Sean Hellman's brilliant sit up and beg one for his fan bird making.

Any other good mods kicking about out there?

And how many different specific crafts use 'em? I can think of besom squires, oak swill makers ... must be loads of others. To be honest I'm just looking for a bit more patter to expand my demos when I'm talking about the shave horse - which spectators are always fascinated by (just like me!)
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby witt » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:46 pm

A find on the web which I liked, in French a shaving horse is a goat.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Graeme Fraser » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:37 pm

That's one fantastic 'orse! I bet the gripping power is phenomenal.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:57 am

That is a lovely design using the natural growth of a tree to the full.
I notice one, and this is a major issue. Let me set the scene. You are shaving away in the height of summer, the billet of wood you are working on is getting a bit dry, we come to a shaving that will not come off so we push the drawknife away from ourselves to get a good fast and powerful stroke. The wood slips out of its hold right into the crown jewels :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Also no long sticks can be used on this horse. I would like to see that block of wood under the head at an angle. I would find it very difficult to use this horse for any length of time, it just needs a bit of refining.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Don Wagstaff » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:59 am

Yes, the trajectory of that piece of wood is not a pleasant thought.

I am guessing that this shaving bench has a very specific intended use.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby witt » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:39 pm

The owner understands your critics all too well, at this time he is reading your posts in the hospital.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby arth » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:11 pm

witt wrote:The owner understands your critics all too well, at this time he is reading your posts in the hospital.



Take away the pain, but leave the swelling?
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby trollwumple » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:16 pm

When he gets out he is going to have the horse shot.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby Graeme Fraser » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:25 pm

That's cruel!
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby witt » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:28 pm

At least you have to admit this horse has an advantage over other horses, it works better to humble men's genital pride.
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Re: Shaving horses

Postby NorfolkNige » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:45 pm

Brenda and I spent about 4 hours Sunday afternoon constructing a shave horse to the design in Mike Abbots new book. It has a more 'industrial' look than the more traditional designs but does have the advantage that for those who do not have access to 4 foot logs it can be made form stock readily available from B&Q :)

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Re: Shaving horses

Postby SeanHellman » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:49 pm

Great job, looking at the first photo it seems that your lovely assistant is holding the worlds smallest drawknife
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