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Drawknives and Spokeshaves

drawknife

Drawknife.

cooper's drawknives

Special-purpose drawknives, such as coopers' jiggers and hollowing knives, often had curved blades to form hollow shapes like the inside of barrel staves or the surface to receive the barrel head.

shave

Shaves or scorps were used for jobs such as shaping wooden chair seats and smoothing the inside of bowls.

Drawknives were used for quick shaping and trimming of flat products like shingles. They also were used to form rounded shapes such as tool handles or the surfaces of barrel staves.



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