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Chinese Workholding Bench
or Horse and "Sen"

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Photos by Sean Walker a Teacher in China

Chinese clamping bench or scraping horse.

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.

Chinese tools on rainy day.
Chinese bench or scraping horse, sen and parts.

Chinese bladesmiths metal scraper or Sen in Japanese
"Sen" is the Japanese word for this tool. It is a heavy duty scraper or plane for metal used by bladesmiths.

Chinese Smith using Sen and work bench or horse.
The Smith using the bench and sen.


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