This is my implementation of an idea that I first encountered from Sandy K. M. who made one for my horse P-nut. It’s an absolutely brilliant thing, and very simple to make.
Horses, as you may know, shed their fur in the spring. P-nut, being a Percheron/Suffolk, always throws lots of fur in the spring, and it gets itchy. In fact, it itches everyone in the mere vicinity of the horse. But this story is not about P-nut.
Voyager’s dog Jack apparently also throws itchy fur in the spring, and they mentioned that in a blog post so I ran to the shop and made one for Jack. That’s one of the nice things about having an extremely well-geared shop: you can just make stuff like nobody’s business, with no need to prepare. In the case of this, I had everything more or less sitting around on shelves.
I was in such a hurry to get the thing to Voyager that I forgot to grab my camera and take an official picture of the thing. So that’s a screenshot from a quick video I grabbed on my iPhone.
The wood is some old curly maple that I had, which I had resin-impregnated as an experiment. I figured that something that will be close to a dog ought to be sealed against dirt and moisture as much as possible. So, all I had to do was grab a piece of scrap, cut the edge-shapes, pop it onto the bandsaw vertically and make a thin 3/8″ cut along the leading edge, find a new hacksaw blade and cut it with the angle grinder, smooth the ends, and epoxy it all together.
The silverbling ‘J’ (for “Jack”!) was from a piece of leatherwork I did years ago, my initials “MJR” on it. Since this was a better cause, I just unscrewed the J, epoxied a screw into the back, drilled the wood, added a drop of epoxy, and pressed it into position.
The rest was sanding and waxing. On the other side, I ground a sort of curved area for a better hand-grip. [If you want a better view of the whole thing, the video that frame was extracted from is here]
Scrapers like this work amazingly well – a new hacksaw blade is very sharp and “grabby” and the teeth are short enough that they won’t touch an animal’s skin (obviously, don’t use a hacksaw blade on a horse’s nose or the horse will remonstrate with you!) it gently pulls great handfuls of fur out and leaves everything all shiny and nice. When P-nut threw his spring fur, I used to take a garbage bag out and scrape, wipe the scraper into the bag, and repeat – he’d stand there with a blissed-out look on his face, drooling and demonstrating his massive penis. [That’s how P-nut says he’s happy, who can argue?] I suppose if you wind up in prison with your dog/horse-scraper, you can use the hacksaw blade to polish spare fur off the prison guards! It may also be used against nazis, with a sort of sweeping motion.
Then, I boxed it and sent it post-haste to Jack!
These are so easy to make, I’ll offer: if any of you desperately need a dog/horse scraper (I suspect this would be below the dignity of a cat) I can easily be talked into making you one. I have lots of hackwsaw blades and some lovely walnut…