The last few months have been a time of innovation for me. I’ve been working on a new tool to produce – a handled scraper for cleaning up chair seats. Right now I’m trying to bend the handles out of walnut, which isn’t real easy. I’ve also been working on new chair designs. And I added a removable handle to the reamers I make. Tim Manney’s excellent reamer has a removable handle, while mine has been made out of straight-grained dowels. But dowels aren’t all the same size, so fitting them was a pain, and the removable handle seemed like a nice touch. So now the handles are riven from a hickory log and turned to a 2 degree locking-taper on my patternmaker’s lathe.
I have one of the old dowel-handle reamers left over and I’d like to give it to someone who is serious about chairmaking, but might not be able to afford a reamer. Maybe a young person? If you know someone, nominate them in the comments section on the website. I’ll choose a winner this weekend.