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Shavinghorses for me and Bull

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Project by bowtie posted 07-20-2014 10:59 AM 1243 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bull, a friend for years has started making pipes, walking sticks, canes and other crafts for sale at his Tribes spring Pow- Wow and wanted to build a shaving horse. I don’t use hand tools much myself but have always wanted a shavehorse myself so we decided to build a couple. Bull almost always goes with me to get logs and helps sawing them. At 70 he still looks like an excited kid when he sees the grain in a sawed log or watches a board exiting a planer. He was co-owner of a woodshop for years so I guess we woodworkers never tire of the beauty God has hidden in each log. These are simple shavehorses but work very well. They are all wood we have sawn and use no metal hardware, only dowels, wedges and glue. When we got the first one done we stopped and tried it. From the first time I clamped in a cedar log and pulled a drawknife on it I was hooked! We took turns like polite children and finally returned to assembling the second one. I made a primitive knife from a broken band saw blade until I find a good used drawknife of my own.
Very relaxing and fun, moving it under a shadetree later today!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com





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OttoH

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 11:19 AM

Great shaving horses, I have been wanting to make one for years, I shall have to put that on my winter list when things slow down a bit.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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xraydav

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 11:44 AM

In this era of electronic and computer EVERYTHING, it is wonderful to unplug and work with hand tools. I find myself in the shop early mornings before the wife’s awake, using a hand plane to smooth a board or cutting dovetails and it saps the stress right out of me. Your shaving horses are great tools, congratulations. Congratulations also for maintaining the friendship of Bull as you obviously get as much of out your friendship as he does. Great story, thank you for sharing

-- David, Norwood Mass, xraydav@aol.com

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 02:18 PM

Excellent job.

Otto is just kidding, it’s not going to slow down for him.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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calisdad

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 02:47 PM

Great project- and story. Have fun at the Pow Wow.

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mmh

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 02:54 PM

Nice mules!

I love using the draw knife and a shaving mule. It is a wonderful and quiet way to work, very Zen, as one can really get lost in their thoughts while concentrating on the pull of the knife on the wood grain. It is especially helpful for extra long pieces such as the walking stick I made for a friend who participates in pre-revolutionary reenactment activities: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/20512.

The challenge of being period correct with the woods and tools used was an interesting project.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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HillbillyShooter

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 11:07 PM

Very nicely done and obviously enjoyed.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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bowtie

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 11:49 PM

thanks to all, Bull found a used drawknife at a fleamarket in Tennessee and I got it moved under a shadetree, I’m set!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-21-2014 12:13 AM

Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun! The drawknife from the mill blade is very nice!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Leonard5

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 01:46 AM

Nice.

-- Leonard H.

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#10 posted 07-24-2014 03:24 AM

Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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jaykaypur

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#11 posted 07-31-2014 12:14 PM

Nice job on these and the simplicity of them is a reminder that I need a new one myself! Y’all look as laid back as can be…...and that is the goal!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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