Hand Crafted Cedar Canvas Canoes and Restorations

West Country Canoes
PO BOX 247 Eckville, Alberta, T0M 0X0 1-800-446-1588

HandCrafted cedar canvas canoes and restorations.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Shaving horse

Most people who come into the shop look at him with a quizzical look, not really knowing what he is. Half bench, half horse with a weird head? 

I have had this faithful steed for almost 30 yrs and have made so many thwarts and paddles on him I couldn't begin to count. I can not think of a better clamping device for making paddles, thwarts or anything that you need both hands free to use a spoke shave or a rasp.
The beauty of it, is how little pressure needs to be applied to the treadle to secure the work.

I have leather wrapped around the bottom of the head. It helps soften the edge so that the wood being held isn't damaged to much.

The head is adjustable and held in place with a wooden dowel. It can be moved up or down in roughly 1 inch increments.
The basic tools I use when making paddles or thwarts are spoke shave, rasp and a small plane. About 80% of the work is done with the spoke shave. I have a few different ones but prefer the one with the convex face on it.

I can't imagine not having my shaving horse it is such a versatile and basic piece of equipment.


Tom Hepburn said...

Hello from Wimborne...Alberta. James forwarded his correspondence to me about the Rice Laker. Thanks for tolerating him.

I am quite jealous of your shaving horse. Building my own has been on my list for about 4 years now. Did you make yours or acquire it?

Larry Bowers said...

Hi Tom,
I made the shaving horse I have that one for over 20 years now. It has served me well over the years.