My New (Old) Horner’s Bench
If you are a horner and attend events and like to show a little horn work, you have thought about having a portable honer’s bench. The only problem is there really is not a true example of such a thing in history. We know our ancestors liked to sit to work when they could as one finds cobbler’s benches, broom maker’s benches and the ever-present shaving horse. But no horner’s bench. (If I have that wrong, PLEASE send me pictures.)
I was at the Salvation Army the other day and found a cobbler’s bench. No, not an antique, but a 1960ish coffee table made in the form of a cobbler’s bench. Fourteen bucks. How could I resist!
I used my organic approach of building to outfit it to do horn work. (Organic= Create the design as I go using what I have on hand.)
Fortunately the cobbler’s bench was over-built by the fellow who made it and it holds my weight easily. It is so comfortable and practical you would not believe it.
My new, old horner’s bench may not be absolutely period correct, but it does look plausibly defensible as something that could have existed. (I sound like a politician.) It works wonderfully and I am very happy with it.
Thanks for reading,