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Playing Around with Carving #11: Drawknife and bowl adze recommendations

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I am thinking of getting a set of drawknives built and I am wondering if anyone has any good recommendations. I am thinking of getting some vintage knives. Anyone have recommendations for Brand and other things to look for in the selection of drawknives? I have seen Greenlee, Swan, Wilkenson and some other brands. Is there a brand that excels? Are there good modern knives available?

Also, I am looking for a bowl adze. I have seen one that I really like but it is quite spendy. Are there any options for finding one that would not break the bank?

http://www.northbayforge.com/index.htm

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TheGravedigger

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#1 posted 1029 days ago

I have yet to see one that isn’t pricey. If you find one, let us know.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 1029 days ago

I’m guessing your right Robert.

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#3 posted 1028 days ago

yep, that is pricey. For me 49$ would be about right.
350$, it looks real nice. The blade has huge character and looks obviously hand forged.

Might find a local black smith and have him hammer and weld a blade for ya. You provide the metal.
Take it home and sharpen it. Make a cool handle …. blog it … priceless !

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WayneC

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#4 posted 1028 days ago

Sounds like a interesting approach Dan. That or learn blacksmithing.

I found a site with some great looking tools… Again, not inexpensive.

http://www.countryworkshops.org/Store.html

Also, I found a couple of sites with info on carving bowls that may be of interest.

http://countryworkshops.org/Carving%20Large%20Bowls.html

http://www.oldjimbo.com/Outdoors-Magazine/Scandinavian-Bowl-Carving.pdf

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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saddletramp

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#5 posted 1028 days ago

Wayne, here is a less expensive bowl adze:

http://www.jimbodetools.com/Amazing-Sharp-Chairmaker-s-Bowl-Adze-p19507.html

If you go to the search function, you will find several others in the same price range.

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mafe

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#6 posted 1028 days ago

Hi Wayne,
On this blog http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/25494 there are some links where there are advice of how to use and how to choose drawknifes.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#7 posted 1028 days ago

I have a big and a small like the one saddletramp showed, they are wonderful, it’s old French barrelmakers.

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

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hairy

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#8 posted 1028 days ago

Take a peek here: http://www.barrtools.com/

I’m a flea market guy, I saw some drawknives today for less than $10. They did need handles and sharpening.

I’m liking spokeshave a lot lately. I’ve made some things using a drawknife to remove a lot of material, then a spokeshave to clean it up. Here’s a spatula in progress. I rough cut the shape on the bandsaw first.

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WayneC

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#9 posted 1028 days ago

Bob, Thanks, I will check his site and ebay.

Thanks Mads. I think I have the book you linked. I think I am ok understanding the styles on drawknives. I was looking more for brand recommendations like peugeot, greenlee, wilkensen, swan. I have no idea if there are any brands that stand out. Condition wise you have shown me that replacing handles is not a major issue. :)

Hairy, I am a flea market kind of guy as well. Not been able to get out this year due to a broken leg. That saga should be ending soon. I may sneak out and try to get to an antique store that I know of later today. (Sneak because I am not supposed to be able to drive until Monday and SWMBO is policeing me) I really like the small adz in offered by Barr Tools. I added it to my favorites list. Your use of the lathe looks like a good technique. I’m assuming it has an indexing head.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mafe

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#10 posted 1028 days ago

Just as all other old irons we never know, but the draw knifes are usually all fine, and no one have overheated the edge and so as we can have bad luck with chisels. Peugeot are exelent, but I have a big number of handforged drwknifes that are as good or even better. I have at least ten and all of them hold good edges, one is quite hard and this makes it more work to sharpen I prefere a not too hard steel and a quick hone for razor, but I am aware some cant get the steel hard enough these days.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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WayneC

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#11 posted 1028 days ago

Thanks Mads. I just got back from “Sneaking out”. I picked up 3 hatchets. I have a couple of drawkinves already and did not see any better or different than that I already have. I will post some photos later. I guess I am going to have to learn leather working as well to make some guards.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 1028 days ago

Wayne, I’ve seen some of these tools way up in the small towns in the Appalachians. They are sometimes found in the small junk type stores where they have a little bit of everything but a lot of older stuff. I have purchased a blacksmith post vise, some tongs, and various other tools of that nature. It doesn’t work out quite as well at the bigger tourist centers because they automatically ask a bigger price because of their location. The best ones are kind of on the back roads. These kinds of places are also a joy to visit. Another place is an old out of the way junk yard. Most of the time the little small country junk yards will let you roam around. We had one of those near here that I use to roam around in but the old man that I was pretty good buddies with died and his son took over and modernized it a little and started loading up as fast as he could and selling it. It started bringing in scrap at a faster rate and just piling it up on top of all the old stuff and recycling everything. The old feller loved all of the old odds and ends and it made him happy when somebody found something they wanted. All the younger fellow wanted was money as fast as he could get it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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WayneC

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#13 posted 1028 days ago

Charles, Those towns shops sound wonderful. Not much of that around here in California. Best I can do is flea markets and such.

I ran by the Tandy store and got a little bit of leather working stuff. Mads, your a bad influence… lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 1027 days ago

I’m a bad boy.

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

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#15 posted 1027 days ago

ok Wayne, your a bad influence. Worse than my buddies that smoke. I can have a cigarette with a friend and not have another one for 6 months. These tools you keep posting though…...........one just doesn’t do it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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