One wild shaving horse #3: Museum tour just for the inspiration...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-10-2011 12:37 AM 21509 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One wild shaving horse
Museum tour just for the inspiration…

This is part three of the shaving horse blog.

Today my daughter and I took a little tour to a town in Denmark called Roskilde.
In roskilde we have this beautiful church, where all our kings and queens are burried.

But also a wonderful little tool museum .
The tools here are donated to the museeum by a private persons collection.
And it is from here I took the picture of the traditional Danish shaving horse.
This horse seems to be the same I see all over Europe and later in US, it is illustrated way back in time.
And as you see not far away from mine.

The barrelmaker had this kind of horse in Europe.
Here seen with a stave of a barrel.

Here a more simple and shorter version, perhaps for you Wayne.

The clog maker used one like this, notice how fast and easy it can change shoe size.
Beautiful seat yes?

This one is acually a sharpening station, just loved the horse design, and adjustable seat.

So time to change to a new museum, now at the Sagn landet – land of legends .
Here you see how the Vikings prayes alter looked like.

And a shaving horse in the Viking camp.

This one with arms instead of single beam and head.


Notice the wedge details, this made me laugh, difficult to invent what was invented.

Here a terible mobile photo of a long slim elegant horse from another wonderful Danish museum this one just outside Copenhagen (What do you say we meet there one day andy?).
Frilandsmuseet, lyngby:
Den gamle, Aarhus:
Den Fynske Landsby, Odense:

This is the end of the shaving horse blog.

Hope this was inspiring to follow, and that it might lead others to build a shaving horse perhaps.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 12:44 AM

Great photos and story. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 12:52 AM

thank´s for the tour Mads :-)

take care

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 01:58 AM

Thanks for sharing.

The sharpening station is something I have often thought about. Thanks for getting my gears moving again.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-10-2011 02:11 AM

Great photos, Mads. I’ll bet you were drooling to see all those nice old hand tools!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-10-2011 02:27 AM

Interesting set of shaving horses. I notice in that first one, the traditional Danish shaving horse, you somehow got them to let you place one of your smoking pipes directly behind the horse. It makes that horse look kinda small in comparison. That’s a nice lookin church too.

I’m about to start a class on building a Boggs style shaving horse. This should give me some inspiration.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 08-10-2011 07:51 AM

Thanks Mafe.
your tour makes me want to visit!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 08-10-2011 10:01 AM

A trip to the museum sounds good to me Mads. We’ll have to work something out.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 08-10-2011 04:02 PM

Great tour, Mads!

So there is something else to do in Roskilde beside hang for days at the Rock Festival. Keep meaning to get there one day to experience that one. At least now… I’m old enough to get in on the ‘Old Folks Free Day’... wasn’t planning on it being till I was THAT old! LOL

It’s great to see the other styles of horses as well… something to think about while building mine.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#9 posted 08-10-2011 04:54 PM

Hey Mads, that museum is in Aahus which is miles away from Copenhagen. Or am I reading their website incorrectly?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 08-10-2011 05:38 PM

Yes Andy you read right, I just made a mistake and posted the wrong link… Sorry. lol.
The one is in Roskilde and the other in Lyngby.
But we have three of these ‘old city’ even in Odense also…

Rick, I never made Roskilde festival eighter, pehaps one day in a wheel chair…

Ian, just posted few more links.

Rance, that is cool a class on this, I’ll check out the type. I laughed big time about the pibe.

Autumn, so happy you joined me.

Jim, yes it was wonderful, I will post soon some pictures from the museeum.

RG, that sharpeningstation sure is cool.

Dennis, I have a box of tools for you here and more coming tomorow from France…

Wayne, glad to see you always.

Thank you for the sweet comments (and corrections),
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 08-10-2011 10:12 PM

Loved the tour.

I wish I could see it in person


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#12 posted 08-11-2011 03:20 PM

Mads, thanks for the tour.

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#13 posted 08-11-2011 03:29 PM

Thanks Mads! These photos are so helpful for a bloke that plans to build a shave horse.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 08-11-2011 04:53 PM

Chrismas in August …. Juubiiiiii
thank´s Mads for the update :-)


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