A carving/shaving bench
Synopsis: 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.
As a hobby, I make walking sticks from diamond willow and sumac. I needed a way to hold the stock securely while I shape it with a drawknife, as well as a place to carve the shaped sticks. To save space, and concentrate the messiest parts of my hobby in a single spot, I decided to build a bench combining…