Tools testimonials

Robert Ingham

20 years as principal of Parnham College. Robert now runs his own business Robert Ingham Designs from his workshop in North Wales.

‘The right tool for the job’ is a saying that rolls off the tongue quite easily when craftsmen discuss techniques. I came across a wooden spokeshave which had been made by James Mursell at The Classic Handtools exhibition recently and was pleased to have a chance to try it out. My own approach to tools is to spend some time tuning them and in some cases improving their performance. I have also made quite a number of my own tools when those that are commercially available do not perform to my expectations. James’s wooden spokeshaves are made by him and they embody an understanding of the geometry, function and the feel that these tools should have. In addition to these features, they have fine adjustment that has been ingeniously thought out and carefully manufactured. If you are involved in sculptural shaping of wood I strongly recommend that you treat yourself these very enjoyable tools.

Robert Ingham

Furniture & Cabinet Making

Issue 155 July 2009


Spokeshave review

Brian Boggs

Master chairmaker from Kentucky, USA. Designer of the Lie Neilsen Boggs Spokeshave

“The simplicity of the body shape allows me to hold it in any position with comfort. On straight grained wood it performs beautifully. Nice work!”

Brian Boggs

Small, Medium and Spokeshave Kits

For more detailed information about James Mursell’s small, medium and spokeshave kits, click any of the links below.

Small Spokeshave

£71.50 plus shipping

Small Spokeshave Kit

£42.00 plus shipping

Medium Spokeshave

£75.00 plus shipping

Medium Spokeshave Kit

£48.00 plus 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