Think big

For a woodcarver, making your mark on the world is an essential part of the activity. But sometimes, those marks, however brilliantly executed, can only be seen by the privileged few who can get sufficiently close to examine your handiwork. Perhaps that’s why many carvers like to push the boat out once in a while and create something that has real impact, not only at the emotional level but physically too. The summer months, with the possibilities of working comfortably outside, can help to make such ideas a pleasant reality.

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Making Chisels and Gouges

Making your own furniture is a sign that you’re a practical craftsman. How about taking it a step further by making your own tools for making your furniture? The process for making chisels and gouges isn’t as intimidating as it might seem. Two propane torches will do anything a coal forge can do, so you won’t need expensive special equipment.

To begin with, let’s talk about steel. The important ingredient in steel is carbon. More carbon in the steel means a longer edge life and a better ability to accept heat treatment. Low-carbon steel is used for any item that

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Know your gouges

What’s the difference between a bowl gouge and a spindle gouge? And can you use a spindle gouge on bowls and vice versa? The short answer is yes but the explanation is longer To define the two could be a little dangerous as there are tools that could be classed as hybrids, but let’s first describe the main differences.

The gouges subdivide into two main categories, that of shallow and deep flutes, the bowl gouge being the deep one and the spindle being the shallow.

The first thing to look at is the sizes available, spindle gouges coming in %in

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