James Mursell’s wooden spokeshaves are now for sale via his main website www.thewindsorworkshop.co.uk
The Low-angled wooden spokeshave is a superlative tools for shaping wood and is virtually essential for the making of Windsor chairs. The medium shave is ideal for the rapid removal of wood, while the small spoke shave is suitable for finer work and for accurately sizing round tenons as in Windsor chair making. These tools will work directly out of the box and should last a lifetime under normal use.
Professional Windsor chair maker James Mursell makes these wooden spokeshaves individually. He developed the designs through trial and error and constant use in his workshop. These tools are designed for optimum performance and pleasure of use, and are not mass-produced tools made to a price.
Wooden spokeshaves have been in use for centuries. First developed by wheelwrights to shape the spokes of wheels these versatile tools are useful in most branches of woodworking. These tools are special because the blade is held at a low angle allowing it to slice easily through wood in the same way as a low-angle block plane. The blades also have a longer cutting edge than most metal spokeshaves, meaning a longer time between sharpening.
Wooden spokeshaves can be made to any size that will fit in the hands. However the small and medium shaves on offer on this site will satisfy almost all needs for detailed work and stock removal.