A paring chisel with a special memory of Guinea!

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Project by WilcoFlier posted 128 days ago 739 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I spent 6 month’s as a volunteer in Guinea, West-Africa. Although there was a lot of tension in the town where I stayed (Conakry) I managed it to visit a local woodcraft market where they sold typical African carvings out of beautifull woods. I asked if I could buy a piece of rough Ebony wood with the intention to make something nice out of it once back home. Fortunately, they had a nice peice of ebony in stock and I bought it. Once back home, it took a while to make something out of it, because I was a bit anxious to ruin the wood. But a few weeks ago I was making a set of new paring chisels for sale and I decided to make a handel for a paring chisel out of it. And to my opinion, it has worked out very well, see the pictures below. This is a very special chisel, and every time I pick it up I remeber that special time and place in Africa.


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#1 posted 128 days ago

Nice, just took a look at your website. Nice work.

Your name is great too.
You don’t use machines to machine your blades, are you forging them manually, then filing them?
It said manually on the website, so did I get that wrong?

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 128 days ago

That’s one great chisel !

-- Carl, Iowa

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#3 posted 128 days ago

Great looking chisel

-- Norman

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#4 posted 127 days ago


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 127 days ago

Great work, that is a fantastic chisel. I like how the brass ferrule lines up with the slope of the handle. The tools on your website look impressive, especially the draw knife. What kind of steel do you use?

-- Allen, Colorado

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