The spokeshave is still widely used today for chair making, furniture and joinery. There are a variety of different designs in production including spokeshaves for special purposes (some of these will feature in a future blog post). The most common spokeshaves are the two in the photographs above and below, with flat and round soles.
Round soled spokeshaves are used to shape inside curves (concave) whereas flat soles are used on convex curves and straight pieces of timber such as Windsor chair spindles and arrow shafts.
They require a sharp blade and careful set up to avoid chatter whilst cutting into the wood. For someone new to the tool a flat soled spokeshave is a good starting point!
The completed chair can be seen below.