In my last compilation of workshop animals I left out the dogs. As a way of apologizing to shop dogs everywhere (and their faithful humans) they now have their own collection (gee, hope I didn’t miss any).
Using suggestions made by readers of the first Animals in the Workshop here is a second edition.
If you have read ‘Grandpa’s Workshop’ by Maurice Pommier you will be familiar with one more workshop animal. And although he has not lent his name to a tool or bench appliance he is nevertheless indispensable: le lapin – the rabbit.
As Maurice explains, “the rabbit is the apprentice – he has big legs to run fast and big ears to hear everything.”
9 thoughts on “Shop Dogs & Other Animals in the Workshop”
Have a look at this adorable dog snoring in the shavings by the bench of an Irish boat-builder !
Dog is at roughly 4:50 (timestamped link failed…)
Toujours formidable ! Merci Suzanne. pour ceux qui sont intéressés, et les autres, un petit tour est possible sur notre site :
Peggy Tzu is not only my shop dog, she is also my most successful chair model.
Perhaps somewhat related, I always enjoy Peter Follansbee’s bird photography on his blog. I can never figure out if he lives in a bird sanctuary or he’s just really good at spotting birds most people don’t notice.
How about the donkey’s ear miter planing jig?
Or the doe”s foot (the wooden bench top work holding device with a large v notch cut into one end) ?
Then there”s the cats paw (small tool for pulling nails).
Does it count that every time I’m in my shop there’s a bear in my shop?
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