Another name for it is "shaving horse". 16th century technology.
I use mine primarily for holding replica bows I'm working on but use it for other wood working projects on occasion too. Works amazingly well! Can't imagine not having one now. Super simple operation and easy to make. Here's mine I made from salvaged "junk" in an hour or two.
Spock wrote: Nice. Amazing how many useful things can be made from what, until recently, I also would have called "junk" and thrown it away or burned it!
Thanks. Making things from "junk" is one of my favorite things to do....bodging as the late Geoff Moxham coined it, I believe.
The building that shaving horse is against is made primarily of "junk" destined for the landfill. The wood stacker to the left, the work bench to the right....all made from "junk" too, collected in various places.