Beloved of chairmakers the world over, the Clifton 500 is a serious production tool; equally happy taking heavy cuts to establish a shape, or taking more delicate shavings to refine a surface.
Cast from spheroidal graphite iron and polished to a mirror finish, the body has a hefty feel and sits firmly on the timber. The steep 45 degree cutting angle makes deft work of knots and tricky grain.
Whether you use them on the push stroke or the pull stroke, for rank cuts or gossamer shavings, it is important to always use spokeshaves downhill - i.e. towards the centre of concave shapes or away from the centre of convex ones.