Bowl horse and Spoon mule

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Project by Jamie posted 02-01-2021 05:11 PM 1346 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this about a year ago. It was inspired by David Fisher’s bowl horse design combined with the Michigan spoon mule. David Fisher’s plan is on his site. A similar or maybe the same spoon mule plan is now in the latest FWW Tool and Shops issue.

I made mine from 2×10 fir from the local big box store. You can change the bowl head for a spindle holder. That is still on my to do list. Some day when I take on a chair I will make one. Both work great. The leather and rubber pads are great for getting an extra grip.

A few of my bowls and spoons are piled on there. The bird bowl is another David Fisher inspiration. If you are interested in green wood bowl making, his site is a must read and follow.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 02-01-2021 06:14 PM

Man that is real nice horse. It can be used for all kinds of thing!!


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

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#2 posted 02-01-2021 06:53 PM

When I first saw this in your other post, I thought maybe the seat wasnt all that sturdy – but now I can see this thing is a tank. What caught my eye first was that pin system to adjust for different sized workpieces. That is rather neat.

Wouldnt be surprised at all if you bag a DT3 for this one.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#3 posted 02-01-2021 07:06 PM

Wow, what a great idea. Well done!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 02-01-2021 07:16 PM

Brilliant design Jamie. It is going to be fun to use.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-01-2021 10:39 PM

Really cool!

-- Darrel

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#6 posted 02-02-2021 03:17 AM

Clever and flexible.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 02-02-2021 12:47 PM

Jamie, excelent bowl horse AND spoon mule!! Well done!
I thought about it a lot, and I´m thinking in doing the “log” design of David Fisher (I will have to leave it outside where I do my carving). ¿What are your thoughts about that design?

-- Diego Cassels

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#8 posted 02-02-2021 11:40 PM

Diego, the log horse design looks great. If I had the room and the right log I would have made that one.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#9 posted 02-03-2021 05:28 AM

Looks like a great tool/work holding jig… I have a shaving horse on the list to make… it’s just way down the list for now. Like these ideas too!

-- Todd

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