Shaving Horse: The Improved Country Workshops Shaving Mule
New Upholstered Seat
THIS HYBRID DESIGN combines elements from a traditional English bodger's shaving horse and the dumb-head
Zug Stuhl style of Alpine Europe. The result is a hard working cross breed that many woodworkers prefer compared to the more traditional versions.

Bodgers' shaving horses tend to be uncomfortable, with their narrow seat and foot crossbar that requires the user to fully extend a leg in order to get a good grip on a work-piece. The Country Workshops shaving mule has a wide, movable seat and a lateral foot treadle borrowed from the dumb head design. The rotating cross bar (from the bodgers' horse) grips a work-piece much better than the dumb-head design. Our shaving mule also features an instantly adjustable, variable height work support, designed by Kentucky chairmaker Brian Boggs.
Chairmaker Tom Donahey developed this version in 1997.

The shaving mules are made from #1 yellow pine, solid birch plywood, hard maple and sycamore. The padded seat is covered with genuine leather.

We have offered Tom Donahey's ratchet/elevator shaving horse (which we call a shaving mule) for many years now. It's a highly evolved device, so we were particularly pleased when Tom agreed to produce another version that utilizes the new double-hinged Z work-support.

Both models share many components and are primarily constructed from select yellow pine, with hardwood and birch ply where those materials are called for. Both have the comfortable, genuine leather padded sliding seat that Tom developed several years ago.

Which is better? We can't tell you, because we like them both. Of course it's fun, playing with the new version. You can also now buy plans (in English) for the original instant folding version designed in Japan by our friend Masashi Kutsuwa.

We also sell plans for making the original mule. This is usually a 2-day project; standard shop power tools are useful (but not necessary) for doing accurate work.

  • Full adjustability. Both the work surface and pivoting cross bar can be raised or lowered to achieve an ergonomic work height for materials of widely varied dimensions.
  • Comfortable padded genuine leather seat slides to any position on the cross beams.
  • Large treadle extends back from the swinging arm, making our mule much easier to use compared to shaving horses with a foot cross bar.
  • Hardwood working parts.
  • Work support is extended in front of the clamp pivot making it possible to position and shave reverse grain stock in front of the pivot.
  • Assembles in minutes using 2 adjustable wrenches.
  • Compact for convenient storage.

TD-01 Shaving Mule (Picked up at Country Workshops)
TD-02 Shipped (45 pounds - Minor assembly required)

New Z Mule, assembled (Picked up at Country Workshops)


New Z Mule, disassembled and shipped. (Minor assembly required.)

*Plus zone rate on shipping chart

"Hi Drew,
I've just finished my first big job since geting the shaving mule from you. It worked so well ... and it's comfortable. Thank you and Thomas Donahey."
- Daniel Mack,Warwick, NY

How to Get Plans for the Orgami-Z Japanese Version

Shinsuke Kato is handling the Orgami-Z shaving horse orders. Go to:

The link above will take you to 'easypay' site.

If you proceed to click 'pay', you will get the plans by email. It is written both in Japanese and English, so the email might get stuck in the spam mail box, according to the setting of your computer.

You can download the file from the link in the email, up to 6 times.

Send us an enquiry to in case of any trouble.

1000 JPY is approximately 8 US dollars.
(Google '1000 yen to dollar' and you will get the latest rate!)

Shaving Mule Plans

TD-03 Shaving Mule Plans
$12.50 (postpaid)

Now available as a free download!

How To Order
Tools can be purchased three ways: Order by phone (Office hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern Time) using your Visa/MasterCard for payment; order by mail, by clicking on Order Form (you can print the Order Form on your computer's printer, but we do not yet offer on-line ordering); direct purchase at our store and showroom.

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Drew Langsner
828-656-2280 (M-F, 9-6 Eastern time)

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