Build Your Own Shave Horse Workshop

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Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School are excited to announce the first feature in their 2016 Self-Reliance Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills that strengthen personal and community resilience. The next workshop, Build Your Own Shave Horse takes place Wednesday, January 6, from 6-8pm in Wolfeboro.

Generations ago, every homestead had at least one. Also known as a “draw shave”, the general design is a bench vise where pressure from your feet holds what you’re working on, so you have both hands free to manipulate tools. The shave horse is commonly used as the preparation of stock prior to turning in a lathe, to roughly form cylindrical billets, the intermediate dressing phase between a crudely dressed raw split log and the final lathe work. Skilled operators can produce very fine results with a drawknife and shave horse, requiring minimal lathe finishing.

Workshop participants will make their own shave horse while also learning about a few traditional hand wood-working tools such as the drawknife and spokeshave. Jack Mountain Bushcraft School (JMBS) uses their shave horses for making bows, canoe paddles, carving basket rims, etc. Tim Smith, founder of JMBS, will be sharing his new design specifically created to stop the bench from wobbling.

This workshop takes place from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at Tim Smith’s home at 267 Camp School Road, Wolfeboro, NH. The cost for this workshop is $15 admission, plus a $25 materials fee for any participant who would like to leave with a finished shave horse. Limited space, pre-registration is requested at, or by calling G.A.L.A. at 603-539-6460.