On my recent trip to Cambodia, I picked up an interesting souvenir:
I found this spokeshave sitting in the back of a huge local market. It was in a sketchy-looking hardware store that also had some chisels and wooden hand planes for sale, along with a few farming implements. It looked terrible, but the stall owner (an older lady giving me a skeptical look, as my friend and I were the only foreigners in the place) only wanted $3 for it… sold.
My favorite part is the text “Skill in USA” instead of made in USA :) . I tried tuning it up and giving it a go making some shavings:
It works, but the sole is really convex, despite my flattening efforts, and leaves red paint tracks on the wood. The blade took a fairly good edge after flattening and honing, but it’s really hard to adjust. Maybe not a fine user, but I got a kick out of it for $3 and it makes for a good memory.
The manufacturer even seems to have a website, though none of the links on it work: http://www.3doanh.com/
-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)