Making a bow

Here is a post from several years ago tracking the process of making a bow.  In this case, from Osage orange. Splitting the seasoned Osage orange (Bois d’Arc) stave. This is a tough process. As can be seen in the photo above, I use an axe, froe, and hammer. Not visible here are short hickory […]

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Shaving Horse

Reposted from 2008; what a different life it seems now. Here is 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 […]

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Weekend Sawbench

A Saw horse or a full-size workbench, for Hobbits? Living where I do, without a proper workshop, I have moved to a more portable setup.  Along with this, I have pared down by letting go a number of cumbersome tools.  However, a flat, solid surface is sorely missed. I find myself working on the seat […]

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Looking Back at the Horse

Tools and work benches always create lots of discussion and bring out opinions.  I am re-posting a couple pictures that feature my bodger horse as it has created a few new comments.  This horse has been slightly modified over the years but is essentially the same as when it was made 5 or 6 years […]

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A New Horse

Here is a couple of photos of the new horse.  It is made up of mostly recycled and scrap wood.  If I am lucky enough to find time from work, I intend to put it to work on some bow staves and spoons later this fall. The horse is made of pine and fir dimensional […]

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More Work Horses

Here are more shaving (work) horses. I wish I had photos of my first horse. I liked it well enough but I made it short to fit cross-ways in a narrow truck. These are some better and later models… A shiny new horse. Hickory arm and head, poplar cross-stretchers. Adjustable tilt table. Another new horse. […]

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Shaving Horse Plan

Here is an old set of plans I made for myself a long time ago. These are meant for dimensional lumber. This plan is for a short horse. If you are tall or don’t mind the extra length to transport, an extra 6 inches is a good idea. You can see from the other horses […]

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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 […]

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Making a bow

Splitting the Osage orange (Bois d’Arc) stave. This is a tough process. As can be seen in the photo above, I use an axe, froe, and hammer. Not visible here are short hickory limbs that are jammed into the growing crack to keep the stave from snapping shut. Some species of white woods debark quite […]

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