One wild shaving horse #5: A pony for the horse... antique stitching pony.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-27-2015 05:00 PM 3235 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One wild shaving horse
A pony for the horse…

A good friend of me shoved me this wonderful old stitching pony one day in his house and when he saw my excitement, he decided it was a gift for me.
Thought it was interesting for others out there to see how a really old Danish (Scandinavian) version looked like, so here a few pictures.

I will use it on my shaving horse, so I can sit outside my work shop in the summer when I do leather work.

Here it is put in my workbench.

Notice the fine old leather hinge.

Beautifully shaped and jaws attached.

Threaded wood for tightening.
I love that, it’s fast and easy to use.

Sexy curves.


If you want to build a more quick and dirty version, I made this one some time back:

Hope this can be inspiring.

Thank you dear Flemming for this fine gift.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 05:19 PM

What a wonderful gift!

Looking forward to seeing some pictures of it in action, in front of the shop, on a warm summer day.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 06:05 PM

Lucky man to have such friends, it looks like a working antique !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 04-27-2015 08:56 PM

Mads, take note that such good friend who gave you this unique piece has a good friend in you as well ! ;-)

Thanks for sharing.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 04-27-2015 09:14 PM

that is really cool, what a great gift mads…thank you for showing this to us

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Don W

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#5 posted 04-27-2015 09:58 PM

some nice Patina going on there!!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 04-28-2015 04:51 AM

Bricofleur got it exactly right, you are a great friend and this wonderful gift is a natural response to your friendship. It is really finely made. really nice!!!


-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#7 posted 04-28-2015 11:44 AM

Mads, I have seen these in flea markets and was told they were for leather work but didn’t really understand until now. Thanks for sharing your gift.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 05-19-2015 01:16 PM

A really nice bench accessory.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-21-2015 06:15 PM

Thank you for all the kind words, I feel lucky in so many ways, you people here are a big part of this joy I feel and yes Flemmeing is a dear friend, not only he give me presents, he also brings light to my life in care and intellectual conversations.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 07-28-2015 12:28 PM

That is a beautiful piece, I think I would be afraid to use it. How old is it?

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#11 posted 07-28-2015 01:29 PM

What an old treasure you have. It’s a wonderful gift and a great conversation piece and will improve and add to your shop. I love your shop. Everywhere you look in your shop you see character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 08-02-2015 10:51 PM

Jerseyjim, I don’t know, really old… Tools are made to be used. ;-)
Charles, yes I feel lucky, these days I am in the middle of moving so I miss being in the shop, that place sure is like walking into a treasure chest, so much history and stories, I always smile when I open the door. Thanks.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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