A few weeks ago I went to Yandles wood fair, down in Somerset. Whilst there I came across James Mursell of the The windsor workshop, he had with him some beautifully made travishers of his own design. Whilst this tool is designed for hollowing\smothing out the seat of a Windsor chair, I had other plans for it.
It works kind of like a plane crossed with a spoke shave, the blade is hand forged by Ben Orford and came devilishly sharp. The main purpose I wanted it for was to remove the marks left by my chainsaw mill when planking wood for rustic furniture
I don't necessarily want to have a completely smooth surface but this kind of rough sawn look isn't the best, however, spending a few minutes skimming against the grain with the travisher gives a really nice warm tooled finish
Without having to use a power tool or sand paper.
close up of tooled finish
Some pictures of a bench I finished earlier this week, It wasn't cheap, but I think it was worth the investment, specially as i find myself using it for all sorts of things now, even smoothing the base of a carved bowl last night! (pictures soon)