Chinese Workholding Bench and "Sen":

International Metal Working

Photos by Sean Walker a Teacher in China


Sean says that living in China is like stepping back in time a few hundred years. However, I suspect these scenes of traditional work methods will soon be a part of the past.

This work holding bench is akin to a Western shaving horse as the worker sits on it but this Chinese version is not foot operated, a wedging system holds the work. Unlike the Japanese work holding clamp that uses actual wedges the Chinese version does not. This one has a board that apparently is also being used somewhat like a bird-mouth bench pin.


Bench, sen and parts.


"Sen" is the Japanese word for this tool. It is a heavy duty scraper or plane for metal.


The Smith using the bench and sen.


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