James Mursell developed his travisher for shaping Windsor chair seats over a period of ten years, working through several prototypes to reach this final form.
He has been making and selling the ‘Wood‘ version for many years to makers all round the world. Then at the end of 2018 he produced two new versions, the ‘Deluxe‘ and ‘Black‘. These are made of new materials and broaden the range.
The unique shape of the body is designed to fit comfortably in the hand, making the job of hollowing Windsor chair seats a most pleasurable experience.
The Travisher Black is the base model of the range. The ergonomic shape is the same as the ‘Wood’ and ‘Deluxe’ versions and will last as long, if not longer, than the wood.
What you get
How To Use a Travisher
When to use a Travisher
For hollowing Windsor chair seats in softer woods such as pine and tulipwood the travisher is the only tool needed; but the use of an adze or Arbortech will speed up the work in harder woods such as elm, prior to using the travisher. There is no need to use a scorp at any stage.
The travisher is excellent 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. The effect is similar to that achieved with a scrub plane.
Radius: 4.75″ approx.
Why this Travisher works so well
The back of the travisher is solid wood or Delrin, just where the thumbs need to be placed to push the travisher. This is not only comfortable, but by pushing just behind the blade the tendency of the tool to tip over in the direction of travel is almost eliminated.
The solid back of the tool supports the back of the blade reducing chatter when shaving difficult wood.
Shavings are ejected through the top of the travisher.
The blade can be set precisely by loosening and re-tightening the grub screws set into the front of the body.
Even when the blade is set for a heavy cut, it is easy to make fine finishing cuts by adjusting the pressure on the blade and skewing the body to the direction of travel.