I often tell visitors that the best part of my job is making shavings, so here is a little collection of current shavings.
These are axed shavings from the chestnut slabs I’ve made into a gate and fence at home:
These are classic ash shavings from the pole lathe, could be from stool legs, rungs or the various treen I make for passers-by:
Here are some shavings from the shave horse:
They are ash mainly. Yesterday the horse broke, honestly they don’t make stuff like they used to! The top turned member of the frame that grips the work snapped. Seemed to be made of beech or sycamore. It had weakened where the thin part meets the thick, always a weak point. Mind you it has spent nearly two years out in all weathers so the 1/2 hour turning a new oak one wasn’t too bad an imposition.
The next lot are more chips than shavings. They are made when I reduce a split log to a billet with my axe. They are good on the fire, but the horse shavings make the premium quality kindling.
And thank Goodness I willn’t be making any of this today:
This is the dust produced when I’m milling. A nasty mixture in this case of cooking oil, moisture and chestnut. It sticks to everything and makes anything metal turn black because of its high tannin content. It is so fine, unlike the chippy normal chainsaw shavings because I use a ripping chain in the mill to cut boards. Well that’s all done for now. I even quickly milled some stickers to space the boards as they air dry. I’ll put those between the boards today.
Main job today is getting ready for Otley Show on Saturday. Make sure there’s a light shelter frame in usable condition (for a sun shade hopefully!), more stools, dibbers, cockerels, busy busy!