|Forum topic by EPJartisan||posted 04-30-2013 07:16 PM||2699 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
04-30-2013 07:16 PM
I carve small things, but I love detail, so I use many small carving tools, but hand down my favorite tool is this palm chisel, I adjusted into a shape I use for most everything. This is actually the third one, I use them ruthlessly and shape them again and again. I have made several large chisels in the same shape for cleaning logs and some chop carving…. I can also use them on my mini-lathe for roughing or for finer scooping detail at slower speeds.
Only 1/8” wide palm chisel. The top is a polished rounded edge without a bevel, gives me a scoop to take out small controlled gouges. The bottom is flat so I can flatten both flat and curved surfaces. The combo lets me cut fine lines even against the grain and with a push or a pull motion. IT can cut with a scoop to the left or the right… and amazing for undercuts. Sharpening is every 25-30 cuts. I use a piece of Melamine particle board as a sharpener for my smaller carving tools. A few pulls of the curved edge into a leather strop (with Aluminum Oxide powder) and the flat side with 600 grit sandpaper. I use it to carve fine detail, to cleaning up glue, shape dowel holes, clean my pipe, and even used it to get a huge sliver out of my finger. Currently, I am abusing it by carving detail into plaster…
So what is your favorite, tend to use most often, or just love most when you get to use it…
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