New Tools #1: Swiss Made Carving Gouges

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-28-2016 06:42 PM 1276 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My newest woodworking tool are a nice small set of pfeil Swiss Made carving gouges. This set of six gouges contain the following: 1/12 Shallow gouge, 5/12 Shallow gouge, 7/4 gouge, 7/14 gouge, 7L/10 Long bent gouge, and 8/10 Medium gouge.

What created this interest was a Fine Woodworking Magazine article in issue #250. Michael Cullen carved textures on the outside surfaces of his unique bandsaw boxes. In the magazine project videos he stated that he used at least the following Swiss Made gouges: 12 -6 and the 5 -30. I am not sure if I have the notation correct, but it should be fun working with these new gouges in my shop. I am turning some small lidded boxes for Christmas gifts. I decided that I will try adding some texture to some of them.

The following image is one of Michael Cullen’s boxes shown in the Fine Woodworking Magazine.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 11-28-2016 08:53 PM

Yup, I’ve got three of those. Pricey but they seem to be very good. I bought them to do my first and only carving in the bead head of a bed I made for my daughter.

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#2 posted 11-29-2016 01:22 AM

I love Pfeil’s carving tools, got a bunch of ‘em CotL, that is a beautiful carving!

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 01:49 AM

Nicely done. You need to continue carving.

I suspect that there is a connection with the wood that only comes when you can carve or sculpt it.

Can you recommend a video or a book for guidance? I noticed some books were recommended when I searched Amazon for other Swiss Made gouges. I took note of the books by placing some in my wishlist. I will revisit them again soon.

First, I will try carving something for practice with the gouges I now own. As I mentioned above Michael Cullen in the Fine Woodworking videos named two gouges that he used on his boxes. They are not in my set. If I just went and bought those two the combined price would be about as mush as I paid for the six in this set. So it goes.

By looking at Michael Cullen’s furniture works on his website, I can tell that he uses his gouges quite often. He is carving designs on many if not all of his projects.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 11-29-2016 01:59 AM

In my opinion, books are great. I don’t have any but I think Youtube is better as you get to see it done, not just pictures. A book though can give you other information that isn’t often imparted in a video.

As with woodworking or painting that I do, I like to get just enough information to do it then dive in from there. Discovery is all the fun.

Keeping these things sharp is an art in itself though. I got that in books. Everything from curved sharpening stones for gouges to leather strops for fine edges.

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