Dating stanley spokeshaves
Today, for the most part, the spokeshave is used for trimming and smoothing the shaped edges of wood, making shaped legs, etc.
Made in both wood and metal, for users, choice of a spokeshave is largely one of personal preference.(Images on left shows only metal spokeshaves.) Usually a spokeshave's "cutter" is held securely by "tangs" in holes in the "frame", while other models feature screws, which simplifies adjustment. As seen in the image on the left, the spokeshave comes with straight, concave and convex edges. Wooden spokeshaves wear eventually, particularly at the mouth.
Its similarites makes it a good choice for shaping and finishing furniture parts, wagon spokes, any workpiece needing chamfered or rounded edges.
Consisting of a "frame" and two handles in a single piece, it operates with the blade firmly held between the two edges of the opening on the frame, with the two handles extending lengthwise.
Note: While my samples come from the , I have taken many liberties to enhance them -- especially in the provision of background information -- for this entry.
For readers who may want to follow up this history, at the beginning of the 16th century in Britain, dictionaries were still very much in a formative state of development.
Also The Etymologies, Definitions and Historical Observations on the same, Explicated and Explained according to our Modern Language. Put on the whole Armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the Assaults of the Devil; above all take the Shield of Faith. Young's account of the spokeshave, about a half page, includes images and his own observations -- positive -- on a spokeshave recently imported from America.
Only a handful existed: -- remember printing with movable type dates only 35 years earlier, 1475, in Germany, and at that time of Stanbridge's -- see directly below --, 1510, an actual printing press is in Britain only because Henry VIII ordered it to happen.