Shaving Horse on the loose in Montpelier

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This shaving horse was a commission for a fellow who took one of my spoon making workshops a few years ago out in Roxbury, VT.  He came to pick it up in Montpelier while I was spoon vending, so I had a chance to play with it for the morning out in the park in front of City Hall.  The bench is maple, with red oak sapling legs.  The riser, riser pin, and pedal pin are all ash.  The clamping head that passes through the riser and bench is all one piece of red oak from the crotch of the tree.  The pedal is a nice thick piece of clear pine salvaged from an old door.  The wedge near the draw knife is beech.  This design allows the hinged riser to be adjusted to different heights simply by placing different sized wedges (which can be made from any scrap one has on hand) under the riser, then tightening down the wing nut under the bench.  Each time I make a shaving horse I begin thinking about the next shaving horse I want to make…so many ideas about how to simplify and improve these amazingly utilitarian devices.  They are incredibly fun to make, and quite a workout splitting the log, hewing the surfaces flat and using t-augers to cut the mortises.  A good all around exercise regime, especially if you haul it up and down some hills…