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#1 posted 02-27-2021 09:44 PM

Are #1 fishtail gouges any different than fishtail chisels?


In my opinion any carving tool used with the bevel on the underside would be a gouge, as opposed to woodworking chisels that are used with the bevel up. Of course any gouge can sometimes be used inverted. Does that make it a chisel? Whenever the shaving from a cut goes to the side of the tool opposite the bevel, the tool is gouging.

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I was looking at gouges on a used site, they had incannel gouges, outcannel gouges, patternmaker gouges etc. I wasn’t quite sure why some were bevel up and some were bevel down. I have only personally used the bevel down.

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