A gouge is similar to a chisel in the way that it looks, it has a handle and a metal blade, however a gouge has a rounded blade which is mainly used for carving. Uses The gouge is used for carving, shaping, hollowing out and curved cuts. They often will be used within fine woodworking…

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Note: This is the sharpening process of an out-cannel gouge. Paul recommends 2 methods to sharpen an out-cannel gouge which can both be done on diamond plates or abrasive paper. You will also need a curved strop, which you can make yourself, to polish at the end of the sharpening process, for this you will…

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Paul recommends the Ashley Iles No7 37mm straight gouge to use in spoon and bowl carving. He also uses and recommends Pfeil and Hirsch in similar size and sweep, however these brands are not always in stock. We found the Stubai 40mm No7 to be in stock from Tiranti which is just as good as…

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You can drive the gouge into the wood using a chisel hammer or mallet or use hand and arm pressure only. You can use them to pare cut, depending on the gouge type. The gouge can make shallow or deep cuts depending on the pressure applied, if you are using it to hollow, you would…

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Learning to sharpen your tools is a useful skill to have and one which we recommend you learn early on. It will save you lots of time if you’re using well sharpened tools and you will get cleaner results too. Paul recommends learning to freehand sharpen, however you can use a honing guide to help…

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These methods work best for tools with a cutting edge, to read about saw files, click here. There are several types of abrasive materials you might come across when looking for something to sharpen your edge tools on, these range in price which makes some options more suitable for beginners than others. For abrasive material,…

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For someone getting started in woodworking, tools and skills may both be lacking so to get you started, we recommend starting with a project which doesn’t require many tools. The spoon and spatula are great learning projects as they involve shaping which builds skill. To make them, the tools you need are: Pencil Coping Saw…

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