Using Your SpokeshaveEven a well-tuned shave requires practice to master.
A spokeshave is a very nimble plane with a short sole that can follow convex and concave surfaces. A good shave can follow an S-curve and leave a surface that needs little further attention, but it takes practice. Because of its design, the slightest thumb pressure can affect the depth and angle of the cut. In this video, Brian Boggs, chair maker and teacher in Berea, Kentucky, demonstrates the technique you’ll need to master the well-tuned shave.
The Record spokeshave, which is a remake of the Stanley 15, is best wielded by pushing, not pulling. The two small slightly concave flats on either side of the blade are for your thumbs.
So Brian, are your spokeshaves available for purchase, or are they just your personal tools? I've looked around for them and don't see them anywhere. If they're something you've made, can you show us how you did it?
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