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Build Your Own Shave Horse

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Course Overview

Following a proven design, students will build their own versatile “Two-Rail” style shaving horse. The base for this horse can also accommodate a spoon mule or bowl horse heads, as well as other workholding accessories that plug into the platform. This design is very portable, and is especially suited for green woodworkers. Days 1 and 2 will focus on constructing a sturdy four-legged base that folds for storage or transport. Day 3 involves construction of the “horse” head for workpiece clamping. Day 4 involves making either a spoon mule or a bowl carving attachment and final tweaking or painting. 

This class is open to youth ages 14+ to participate with a full-paying adult. Together they will build one project and pay one materials fee.

Students will be contacted several weeks ahead of this class to assess their intentions and the materials they will need. This pattern has been adapted, but was significantly influenced by previous designs made by Curtis Buchanan, Carl Swennsson, Tim Manney, Jarrod Dahl, Dawson Moore, David Fisher, and Mike Loeffler.

Required Tools

  • All required tools will be provided


Sat, Mar 18th, 2023  –  Tue, Mar 21st, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $400.00
Materials fee: $120.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Paul Linden
Paul Linden
Minneapolis, MN

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, John Fleck
John Fleck
Minneapolis, MN

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Build Your Own Shave Horse