Small Spokeshave

This small spokeshave was developed to make fine accurate cuts in Windsor chairmaking. However, its appeal will be appreciated in all forms of woodwork and furniture making.

  • Wood: black walnut
  • Dimensions: 8.5″ x 1″ x 5/8″
  • Blade Length: 1.5″

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Price: £110 plus shipping
If you are not entirely satisfied, please return the tool for a full refund, including shipping.

How it works

The body fits snugly in the hand with the fingers placed directly in front of and behind the blade to maximise the feedback during cutting and to minimise rotation along its axis. The shavings are ejected freely from the top of the tool leaving the back of the entire. This allows the blade of the spokeshave to be pushed from directly behind the blade (unlike most designs) and has the extra benefit of supporting the blade along its whole length so reducing any tendency to chatter.

The small spokeshave comes fitted with a thick brass wear-plate directly in front of the cutting edge. Under most conditions this will last a lifetime, and if the blade is only occasionally ground, being sharpened by polishing, the complete tool will give a lifetime of service.

These tools are a pleasure to use, whether on green wood – making spindles and shaping bows, or dry wood such as the end grain of elm in a Windsor seat. Hard, kiln dried wood used in furniture making provide no problems to these great tools.

Micro-adjustable, high carbon steel blade

The high carbon steel Ron Hock blade is micro-adjustable with an Allen key, and there is no need to remove the blade as in some shaves. The two small grub screws visible between the knurled brass knobs are threaded into the body of the small spokeshave and pass all the way through. The bottom of the grub screws are in contact with the blade and the exact position of the grub screws sets the blade when it is pulled up tight with the brass knobs.

The blade will maintain a keen cutting edge over a long period. It can be sharpened easily with a dowel and emery paper, or with felt wheels loaded with abrasive soap, if the equipment is available.

Price: £110 plus shipping
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If you are not entirely satisfied with the tool please return it for a full refund, including shipping.

Chair Making Courses

No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.

Chair Making Book

Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.

Youtube Videos

Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.

Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.

Tool Testimonials

“This tool is phenomenal. I bought two, one for myself and another for my Windsor chairmaker instructor. Compared to the other travishers I have used, yours is very good to work with and everyone who has tried it loves it. I just ordered a second one and your two spokeshaves which I trust will be as enjoyable to use. Thanks again for making such great tools.” LG (USA) 2015