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Chinese Workholding Bench
or Horse and "Sen"
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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.
Chinese bench or scraping horse, sen and parts.
"Sen" is the Japanese word for this tool. It is a heavy duty scraper or plane for metal used by bladesmiths.
The Smith using the bench and sen.
References and Links
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Sandstone Grinder Stand (image)
Blacksmith Leg Vices
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