Swan neck carving gouge - from tractor rake (post)

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Project by mafe posted 05-17-2019 01:56 PM 1184 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Swan neck carving gouge
from tractor rake spring steel

Making a swan neck gouge from an old rusty tractor rake.
This could be the fairytale about the Ugly Duckling, by H. C. Andersen.

You can read more in the blog:

1. The swan neck gouge, ready to be used.
2. Old rust tractor rake gets new life.
3. Fire in the forge!
4. Hardening in oil.
5. Turned a handle for it..
6. After sharpening, it cuts really fine.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps even some fairytales.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 05-17-2019 02:37 PM

Interesting tool

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 02:58 PM

When I see your projects, I get both jealous and inspired. Because I have always wanted to get started with blacksmithing. I have gathered some parts to start working on my forge, but I still have a ways to go. I will consider it a success when I can make my own birdage awl. But this is a great looking very useful tool, nice job!

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#3 posted 05-17-2019 04:20 PM

Nice work – that looks like a useful gouge.



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#4 posted 05-17-2019 09:30 PM

Having that forge has opened up a whole new outlet for you!

Wonderful piece!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-18-2019 01:45 AM

Wow! Very nice work from start to finish. Nice skills in both iron and wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 05-20-2019 12:58 PM

Very nice, and creative way to make a productive tool.

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#7 posted 05-20-2019 03:21 PM

Very impressive work with beautiful results!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 05-20-2019 11:22 PM

That is a HOT and COOL job and project!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 05-25-2019 11:29 AM

Thank you all for the comments, they do make me smile.
Joe, laughs thank you.
muesli, big smile here.
toolfooldan, less is plenty.
swirt, it’s wonderful to be able to combine the wood and metal now, once you can make a tool, you can also make it fit your needs. A lot of ends meet up these days, sharpening, blacksmithing, understanding wood and so on.
Lew, yes it’s like I am able to make my own world now. Smiles thanks.
ClaudeF, it was an experiment with the round front and it cuts really well, when into the hollow. Thanks.
SMP, you can get started with little, just a car spring, a torch and some rapeseed oil – try it. Feel free to ask questions. Thank you for the kind words.
majuvla, to reach int the base of carvings. Bowls and so on. Thanks.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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