Shaving Horse

One of my favorite old shave horses. It is made from a plank chainsawed from an enormous pin-oak limb that came down during a storm years ago.

It weighs quite a bit but the weight means more stability when using it as a work bench. All my other horses have had an adjustable table but this one is set to a good angle strictly for working bows.

There are plenty of depictions in old art and many made specifically for every occupation in Diderot’s Encyclopedia from the 18th century.  I made my plans for this one based on several I measured over the years and made lots of adjustments to my first one to get the right “fit”.  My second and third attempts got better and better.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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2 Responses to Shaving Horse

  1. Joe Morgan says:

    Like your shaving horeses, I’m thinking of making one for carving duck decoys, are plans available?

  2. paleotool says:

    I will put up plans on the website soon. Just need to get from sketchbook to electronic media.
    As you may have guessed, I’m not as good with website as with wood.

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