James Mursell developed this travisher for shaping Windsor chair seats over ten years, working through several prototypes to reach this final form.
The unique shape of the hard maple body is designed to fit comfortably in the hand, making the job of hollowing Windsor chair seats a pleasurable experience.
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Key features of this travisher
- The back of the tool is solid wood, just where the thumbs need to be placed to push the tool. This is not only comfortable, but by pushing just behind the blade the tendency of the tool to tip over in the direction of travel is almost eliminated.
- The solid back of the tool supports the back of the blade reducing chatter when shaving difficult wood.
- Shavings are ejected through the top of the tool.
- The blade can be set precisely by tightening the grub screws set into the front of the body.
- Even when the blade is set for a heavy cut, fine cuts can be made by adjusting the pressure on the blade and skewing the body to the direction of travel without the need to adjust the blade.
- The blades are individually hand forged by master blade-maker Ben Orford.
- Radius: 4.75″ approx.
“Just wanted to let you know how impressed and delighted I am with the travisher. To date, I have used it on 2 stool seats, two chair seats and a 4 ft. long settee seat. I have used it on pine and on poplar. It far outperforms other tools I have tried including a compass plane, gutter adze and inshave/scorp. I can very easily carve a dished seat from start to finish with the travisher from hogging off thick shavings to final smoothing with great control, speed and ease. Oh, and I haven’t felt the need to sharped it yet!”
MH January 2018
“Handwork: The travisher is the best tool for hollowing seats”
by Fabian Fisher
Fine Woodworking magazine issue # 256, Oct 2016
“I wanted you to know that my daughter gave me your travisher this past Christmas, based on my wish list. I took it to John C. Campbell Folk School 2 weeks ago to use in creating my 2 continuous arm chairs and was amazed at the performance. The only problem I had was keeping it in my hands, as the other 8 students in the class were continually asking to use it (I shared). I would not be surprised if you get a number of orders as it performed admirably for everyone. Congratulations on creating a very worthwhile product!”
AH May 2017
How to use a Travisher
The travisher is used after an adze, or other mechanical method of roughing out, and there is no need to use a scorp/inshave. If time is not an issue then a seat can be completely hollowed with the travisher.
Travisher – Price: £95.00 plus shipping
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If you are not entirely satisfied, please return the tool for a full refund, including shipping.
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.
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.
Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.
Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.