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Forum topic by groy87 posted 06-26-2013 06:04 AM 1282 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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groy87

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06-26-2013 06:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question adze

I recently saw a video of David Fischer using an adze to carve large bowls and to say the least I was intrigued. Being limited by the size of my mini lathe I’ve always wanted to find a way to make large bowls without having to buy a larger lathe. Which isn’t an option living in an apt. The question I have is has anyone ever used one before? If so how do you like it? Is it worth investing in?


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#1 posted 06-26-2013 12:06 PM

No! Making bowls that way reminds me of that dreaded four letter word WORK!

By the time you pick up an assortment of adz’s, chisels, scrapers to make bowls will have a serious investment unless come across deals at flea markets or make your own tools.

http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/products.asp?dept=103

Lathe, chucks, turning tools pickup truck, chain saws, homemade wood shed while not cheap still require that dreaded four letter word too!

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 06-26-2013 04:58 PM

It is a bit of work but it is woodworking and it is fun. I have made a few bowls this way for my wife and once I was taught to use the adze correctly it became much easier. It is not really a multi purpose tool unless you intend to build boats too. Mine came in handy when shaping a large deadwood but other than that I haven’t found many other uses for it but others my know of some.
If you do decide to invest in one please treat yourself to a fine tool and but one from Don Dillon in Colfax N C. He makes absolutely the nicest adzes Ive ever seen. A recent instructor of mine who is a professional shipwright trained in England and has built many large ships there and here, is an accomplished furniture maker as well as a bowl maker tried many times to relieve me of my two Dillon adzes. He said they were the nicest ones he had ever used.
Don hand forges them from D1 I think but he may use others too, mine are D1 drill rod stock and I have never been able to dull either of them.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 05:07 PM

http://theblacksmithsanvil.com/wp/?cat=57

Now that’s a serious workbench.

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#4 posted 06-26-2013 05:19 PM

Haven’t done it but it does look fun. It would only be work if you didn’t enjoy it I guess. Here’s another good video on the process. While it would be best to have high quality tools if you do this a lot, I would think it’s probably best to try an adze out for a bit before you commit a lot of money to it and a vintage one can be a great way to do that. Depends on whether it’s worth your time to go looking for one and cleaning it up and sharpening it though too. It can be a time vs money tradeoff.

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#5 posted 06-27-2013 02:53 AM

Search out Kestrel tools. They make carving tools used by the northwest coast natives for totem carving. I don’t own any but they sure look good. Even have kits and steel blanks for making your own.
A ships adze is just too big in my mind.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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