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Travisher – Key Features and Reviews

James Mursell developed his travisher for shaping Windsor chair seats over a period of ten years, working through several prototypes to reach this final form. He has been making and selling the ‘Wood‘ version for many years to makers all round the world. Then at the end of 2018 he produced two new versions, the ‘Deluxe‘ and ‘Black‘. These are made of new materials and broaden the range.

The unique shape of the body is designed to fit comfortably in the hand, making the job of hollowing Windsor chair seats a most pleasurable experience.

black wood and deluxe travishers

Black, Wood and Deluxe Travishers

Key features of this travisher

  • The back of the tool is solid, 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.

Review by Bern Chandley – top Australian Windsor chair makerBern Chandley IG

“Handwork: The travisher is the best tool for hollowing seats”

by Fabian Fisher

Fine Woodworking magazine issue # 256, Oct 2016


Listen to Ben Orford about the travisher

Ben makes the blades for my travishers. Have a look at this clip where he describes the tool, its uses and how to set it up: