How this shaving horse works. A shaving horse is a workbench, vise and chair all rolled into one. It’s primarily used to work green wood with a drawknife, which cuts on the pull stroke, or a spokeshave, which you can push or pull.
A shaving horse (shave horse, or shaving bench) is a combination of vice and workbench, used for green woodworking. Typical usage of the shaving horse is to create a round profile along a square piece, such as for a chair leg or to prepare a workpiece for the pole lathe.
A spoon mule is a foot activated clamping mechanism that allows quick and easy work holding options while carving spoons. Since the clamping is done with the feet, powerful two handed tools like drawknives and large hook knives can be used to carve the spoon.
A shaving horse – also called a bodger’s bench, or schnitzlebank – is a traditional workstation which has been used on farms and homesteads for centuries for fashioning tool handles, chairs, canoe paddles, oars, baskets, shingles, spoons, etc.