Monty Don has a lot to answer for, for making me think I can do this (I can't.) But I'm having a go. So I made the shaving horse to make some tools - paddles and anvils. I made two anvils as they're just a round of, in this case, cherry, with a slight bevel on the edge.
But it's the paddles that are the bit I find difficult. So I watched the master crafts episode again (I managed to find it on DVD. In Australia!!!) So using a froe, and a bit of wet ash kindly donated by Matt, I cleaved an 8 inch length in two after taking off a slight top edge.
The wood is partly white and partly a sort-of brown wood which seems very wet. The brown is hard to cut but the white is like butter. Anyway, I persevered.
Here's the first paddle.
It's a bit uneven and it's very very heavy. Look how thick it is:
Anyway, it feels quite nice in the hand. The draw-knife wasn't easy to use in making the handle, but again, I did what I could.
The second one (remember that's the first time I've used the tools, let alone made a paddle) I decided to split the other bit of wood differently. Like last time I made two top cuts, and then made two middle cuts to make pieces more like little planks. This time I wanted a longer paddle - short handle, long blade. The log was a bit longer.
And here we have it:
It's a lot thinner:
It feels like you cold give someone a good spanking with it. Or, if they are no good for making pots, then I could use them to pat butter. They do feel rather nice in the hand, I have to say (I don't know what that says about me though.)
Here are the tools, which I bought from a green woodworking centre near Durham - they're nice tools but I have a nail coming off and a couple of blisters now. I must say I like the froe best.
Anyway, Nic, when he makes these, burns them with a gas flame and then brushes them, which might help to make them flatter (although they are reasonably flat, but not perfect.) I also need to cut some cross hatching in to them, but I'm not sure how to go about that yet (I used a grinder on the anvil.)
Well, that was this afternoons work. I still have three bits of wood to try and make some better ones but they'll have to wait as I'm off again tomorrow for a few days.