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Working with Hands - James E. Price

  Making a Scorp 1 of 2  

I have taught 12-stave white coopering, bowl carving, and chair making as well as other crafts where a good scorp comes in handy.


I got disenchanted with commercially available scorps a long time ago. They really didn't work well, were difficult to sharpen, and, above all, were beyond my students' budgets. So, I began making scorps that were free and required about an hour and a half to make at the forge and bench.

In the photo is one I made about 30 years ago that I have used often with great success. The steel blade is no more than a repurposed rusty and wornout file and the wooden part is a walnut scrap.

There are a bunch of these running around because several students have copied mine and have gotten good service out of their scorps.

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