Swan neck bowl gouge
making the handle
In this part I will give the swan neck bowl gouge I made a handle so it can be brought to use.
This blog is dedicated to my friend Madts who send me some beautiful Mesquite wood that I used a bit of for this handle, while smoking on one of his late fathers pibes (more about this in a later post).
Thank you Madts.
I bought an old tractor rage tooth (app 70 cm total) and from a piece of this I made a go on a Swan neck bowl gouge. The steel are a really fine carbon steel that works perfectly well for making cutting edge tools.
So on to the forge, heat up the steel and hammer away.
This time again I had to learn new, to make the blade hollow and flat.
I hammered the end flat and then rounded it on the anvil, not hard at all and it was made really quick.
This was the result after shaping, hardening and tempering.
Long neck bowl gauge.
Beautiful Mesquite wood that was a gift from Madts.
Yes I am a lucky man and have had the luck of meeting up with Madts here in Denmark more than once.
Cut up a small piece, in this way I will still have wood left for another project, perhaps a knife handle…
Drilling a hole for the gouge.
We got a handle…
Ahhhhhhhhhh – naaaaaaaaaaa…
It might be uncomfortable.
So we better shape it a wee bit.
Just cutting on the two sides, like this we have the rough shape and since I want a rustic handle to match the tool, it will be shaped by hand and not on the lathe this time.
Used a oc sander to shape the rest, I kind of like this tool, quick and don’t clug up so fast.
Then just sandpaper 100 grid for finish.
Want to keep the marks and the bumps visible.
Soaking in Danish oil and letting it rest.
My ohh Madts, that wood really is beautiful.
So deep in the color and with a warm glow.
Now time to mount the tool in the handle.
I cut marks in the rod for a better grip.
Also clean it up a little so the epoxy will stick to the metal.
Push it all the way in, remove the epoxy that comes out and clean up.
Time for branding.
Kind of like this, it means that a job is done.
Polish with wax also a little on the metal for rust prevention.
Swan neck bowl gouge.
Here with the spoon knife that also got it’s own handle by now.
Yep good control and perfect fit in my hand.
Still need to sharpen the inside curve, but here you get a picture of how it’s used.
Wrapped up in leather to protect the edge.
New tool to the carving tool family.
Hope this post can inspire others to make their own tools.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.