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These two spokeshaves are a design that I came up with. It is much more ergonomic as compared to the traditional design of wooden spokeshaves. Traditional spokeshaves only have a place for your fingers if you PUSH them as shown by the CONOVER spokeshave in the picture. This one has a place for your fingers on the pull stroke. I have made two types, one with and one without finger recesses. The members of my local club had mixed reactions to the three designs. No one liked the traditional style and 80% liked the finger recesses and 20% liked the smooth handle. I will make all of mine in the future with the finger recesses. I did teach three spokeshave classes for the club and I have been asked to teach this class at the Sacramento Woodcraft store next year. By the way, the smooth one has a flat bottom with thin brass. The other one with the finger recesses has thicker brass and has a curved bottom. The blades came from and are the large high carbon steel type. On my next spokeshave I my pay more and get Ron’s A-2 tool steel blade. By the way Ron Hock is a very nice guy and easy to work with.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 2099 days ago

beautiful !

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#2 posted 2099 days ago

I want one…

I’ve always wanted one, but never had the money to buy one. Do you sell them and how much do you sell them for?

Money is tight for me right now, that’s why I’m asking. Being Handicapped, money is hard to get now adays with the government tighter then a Bulls @$$ in Fly season.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#3 posted 2099 days ago

Those are drop-dead gorgeous. Like Jimmie asks: do you sell them? I’ll offer to pay half for Jimmie’s, too.

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2099 days ago

I’d like to know how much you sell these for as well. You could have something goin’ here.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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F Dudak

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#5 posted 2099 days ago

Beautiful Shaves Gary! These are a staple for making chairs and one other thing that I enjoy is that they are pretty safe for kids to take a crack at using them. There is nothing like seeing the enjoyment they get just making shavings fly. That’s great that that you will be teaching a class.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#6 posted 2099 days ago

GORGEOUS !! Is that Rosewood by any chance ?

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#7 posted 2099 days ago

Super sharp, really, I bet they are super sharp! I want one, but I never get what I want. Beautiful tool, you’d look for projects to build just so you could use them. NICE!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 2097 days ago

Beautiful. I love hand-made hand tools.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 2097 days ago

Enjoy the work with this beautiful tools.

-- Jiri

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Keith Jones

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#10 posted 2037 days ago

It’s such a great idea to put the finger notches on there! I keep meaning to make myself some spokeshaves. Now I want to try my hand at it even more!!!

-- Keith

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#11 posted 1661 days ago

very nice. ive always wanted to give spokeshaves a try but just never got around to it. might have to order a kit soon.

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#12 posted 1661 days ago

They are gorgeous a great job.
Hey Dennis you’ll have some bubinga scraps to make one of .

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#13 posted 1634 days ago

I could have used one today. Wonderful build.

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#14 posted 1587 days ago

great work, very nice tools

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 1586 days ago

Thanks Ike.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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