Thursday, December 31, 2009

Secret Santa part the second

Now as it happens the recipient of my gift doesn't seem to have put two and two together, so really I should probably continue to remain secret. But what the hell. Besides I want to add it to the previous kit experiences on the website at some point.

Anyway, one Veritas Small Spokeshave Kit, rendered (not necessarily as well as I'd have liked) in dalbergia latifolia, aka Sonokeling Rosewood. Finished with oil and wax.

And let me tell you, the smaller size makes it that much more finicky a task. It doesn't seem much of a difference on paper, but it just ups the ante enough to make life a tad testing. Does make for a handy small shave mind you, but I wouldn't recommend it for your first try. For some reason none of the UK stockists seem to carry it anyway, which is a shame. But maybe just as well as I won't be tempted to do it again...

Although rosewood will probably not be my first choice - I seem to have developed some sensitivity to it, which is a major pain in the arse. Still it solves one "Shall I?" that's been fluttering about my brain for a few years now - I never will get round to swapping all the bubinga on the Veritas planes to rosewood.

So that's that for another rather sparse year of blogging. Must Do Better. May 2010 bring you more joys than sorrows, may your workshop be warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer, your edges sharp, your timber well-behaved, and your joints tight. Happy New Year! :)


  1. Whatever you're not happy with, it doesn't show in the photographs! Looks like a great job from here.

    And a Happy New Year to you, too.

  2. It's lovely Alf. I really was surprised that your recipient missed a third possible Cornish(wo)man.

    Must get around to making one of these, as I do seem to have a fetish for spokeshaves.

  3. AlF this shave is beautiful, it is a wonderful addition to every toll chest!

    I wish you a happy new year and hope to read more stuff here next year!

    Cheers Pedder

  4. I wish I had one!

    Thanks Alf, I love it!


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