Few carvers are satisfied with commercially available benches, so they either customize store-bought models or start from scratch and build specialized benches and clamping systems to solve their individual needs. This article details a heavy-duty sculptor’s bench, which is good for cabinetmaking operations, and a versatile shaving horse that combines a traditional design with a Chinese carving bench. E.D. Lyman sometimes mounts a tractor seat on the carving/shaving bench for more comfort, and Pierre Cloutier’s bench can be rotated 360 degrees to take advantage of lighting.

From Fine Woodworking #56