The Travisher

Jun 30 2017 0 Comments

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by Gaston Monge-Grassi 


I am in Auckland at the moment very short of time, but this week I had the chance to see and have a go with what is called a "Travisher" so before I  get back on the road heading home, I would like to share this with you. If you are onto chair making, this is a must tool to have. One for you S. Brailsford!!

Here is a bit of info I found over the net:

"While, technically, the Travisher isn't a woodturning tool, it is a tool that the woodturners of old were well aware of and used. Especially the woodturners (called "Bodgers") that also made furniture and not just the spindles for that furniture.

The Travisher is very much like a highly curved spokeshave.  The blade is similar in shape to a Scorp but wasn't usually as sharply curved nor as heavily constructed.  The Travisher held the place in tool use between the Scorp and the scrapers.  It was for fine cutting of concave surfaces such as the seat of a chair or stool.  It left a fine enough surface to be finished up with a little light scraping."


A Travisher is one of the key tools for making Windsor chairs.

Check the travisher in action

 There is a great website with heaps of info about this great tool and Chair making.

 I got to go. Have a great Weekend.






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