Tag Archives: William Copperthwaite

Goal: Building a shaving horse

This goal is nice and simple; build one of these:

19th century knowledge carpentry and woodworking shaving horse 1

This has been on my todo list for a while, but it wasn’t worth starting once we began planning our move to France.

After I’ve knocked one of these together, I’m looking forward to working with the draw knife that came with my Erik Frost carving set. It’s been untouched until now as no modern clamps or tools do quite the job quite as well as an old fashioned shaving horse.

And if I recall, I think there were shaving horse plans in my favourite book, William Copperthwaite’s ‘A Handmade Life‘, so this feels like a good time for a quote:

“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.” -William Coperthwaite

Shake out.