Swan neck bowl gouge - from blacksmith class

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Swan neck bowl gouge
from blacksmith class

This post is from the blog:

1. How it’s used.
2. At the coal forge.
3. The tractor rake tooth.
4. Making a handle.
5. Polish.
6. Carving tools.

Some weeks ago I took a blacksmith class in blade making, it was a old dream that I in this way could make every part of the tool. managed to make four knife blades, a spoon carving knife and this gouge in the two days the class took.

Then I went on holydays in Turkey and when I came home it was time to put handles on the tools first.

The blog is dedicated to Madts who was kind to send me some beautiful Mesquite wood a while back, thank you Madts.

Hope it can inspire others to make tools.

Best thoughts,


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

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 02:10 AM

I’m giving it five stars for the photography !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 02:20 AM

Great job on all of them, Mads. you will remember that class every time you use the tools!!,


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 04-01-2016 07:19 AM

You are a world of adaptive re-use, wrapped up in one man, Mads. Wonderful stuff. I admire you, my Beloved Buddy.
Flowers, for you. (No. I don’t think that’s weird.)

Dutch Iris.

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ‘twere his own.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-01-2016 11:16 AM

Beatiful. Congratulations for that new tool and new skill.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 11:39 AM

Nice handle you’ve made for your new bowl gouge, Mads! It looks comfortable to hold and use. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 04-01-2016 01:34 PM

Awesome work Mads

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 04-01-2016 03:16 PM

Every time I see one of your posts it’s seems like you’re going off in another direction. Well, blacksmithing is always a good direction to go into. Have fun Mads. I had all the makings of a blacksmith shop in my machine shop at the plant. I would add a little more to it every now and then – even built a real nice forge. It wasn’t meant to be. In the end I lost it all along with the machine shop. I still have it in the back of my mind to build a primitive blacksmith shop in a primitive shed in the back wood lot. At 65 years old and a little worn out it may have turned into nothing but a dream. You keep on going, Mads, and live out your dreams. God Bless.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 04-01-2016 08:45 PM

Aaaaahhhh the master of “hand made” has returned :)
Always love your enthusiasm with these pieces
Cheers my friend

Great pic’s BTW :: )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 04-02-2016 09:16 AM

Looks like you worked hard over those two days Mads. It must feel great to finally use the tools you made yourself now that they have handles. Looking forward to some nice bowls now my friend.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 04-02-2016 11:57 AM

Really nice Mads

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 04-03-2016 09:26 AM

Hello Mafe

Congratulations for your new tool ( the hand made work is beautiful)

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 04-04-2016 09:18 PM

Great project Mads, the class looks fun

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 04-05-2016 04:40 PM

A new skill and another fantastic finished project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 04-06-2016 10:54 AM

Hi guys and CFrye,
Stefang, learning new are kind of what I do. ;-)
Philip, it was such wonderful class, good people and atmosphere.
Diggerjack, I also have a soft spot for the hand made, it’s like it’s born with life.
Roger, ;-)
Brit, yes I have to admit it really feels wonderful to have made it all from scratch and look forward to use them, perhaps this summer in Turkey if I can get some wood.
Peteg, smiles, yes I guess I can call my self a real toolmaker now. ;-)
helluvawreck, never mind what we loose, our dreams are not to be taken away, you can get started for really little if you want. I just ordered a small forge from DevilsForge, it’s not coal, but gas will do and it will be clean and take less room in the shop. I have lost so much and yet life keeps opening my eyes and show me new ways, so I look for what is coming not what has been. Hugs.
Rustic, ;-)
CFrye,yes I am lucky to get such wonderful wood and it do feel like as if it was made for me in the hand… Ohhh guess it was. ;-)
GerardoArg1, never stop loving to learn new.
Mark Wilson, thank you for the flowers and those wonderful words: ‘a world of adaptive re-use, wrapped up in one man’ that touch me since it fit’s to how I like to be and it is said in such a creative way. Also love your quote: “Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ‘twere his own.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (I so agree in this, perhaps this is the most important key to a happy life).
Jim, yes that I will and also I will soon fire up a small forge here and make tools when ever they are needed. ;-)
John, I do like taking pictures, it’s a part of the journey for me, to capture the way, to see it after and to share the joy. Thanks.
Thank you all for your wonderful comments, you make it all worth writing the blogs, inspire me to keep going and happy to share what I see with my eyes and hands.
Best thoughts,

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

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