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This site has been developed by professional chair maker James Mursell to promote both his travisher and other unique tools to a wider audience. All the tools and books can be bought safely and securely from this website and shipped anywhere in the world. If you have any questions, please contact James here.
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TRAVISHERS, SPOKESHAVES & BOOKS
A range of travishers are available from this site both as complete tools and as kits for you to make yourself.
For hollowing Windsor chair seats in softer woods such as pine and tulipwood, the travisher is the only tool needed.
The travisher is also an excellent tool for creating a textured surface on sawn boards of any wood. The amount of texturing can be adjusted by altering the depth of cut and using the tool across the grain of the wood.
A choice of small and medium of wooden shaves are also available to purchase from this site.
The low-angled blades cut more easily though wood allowing both heavy and light cuts to be made. This is important as it allows one to shape wood quickly and efficiently and to leave a good quality finish.
For chair making, James’ spokeshaves are generally superior to metal bodied tools due to their unique design and superior comfort in the hand both when pulling and pushing the blade.
In addition to making tools James recently wrote ‘Windsor Chairmaking’, the first new book on the subject for almost ten years.
It encompasses all aspects of the craft including history; choice of materials; techniques; plans for 4 chairs; design; and a detailed study of an iconic 18thcentury English armchair.