Let’s talk about woodcarving

Let’s talk about woodcarving 2017-06-26T23:59:57-04:00
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Fishtail Gouges ?


Palm chisels are simply short, often too short for two handed use and that limits the control you can exercise over the movement of the tool. Fishtails are not too fragile for hand work at all and I am sorry if I left that impression. I just wouldn't reach for them if I was doing heavy mallet work. If by "hooking out" you mean prying then you should know that prying is discourage as a carving technique regardless of the tool being used. Have fun.

I agree with Michael Evans. I would not hesitate to use fishtails for fear of breaking them. I have tried and tested fishtails for many years and many different types of wood, and they have not disappointed. Not one has ever broken - even when I use them heavily with a mallet. Prying with any tool is simply not a good idea, but it can easily happen when those stubborn little bits want to stick and not release. Whenever you are tempted to use a gouge to pry wood, STOP! Let the blade of the tool do it's job by slicing the wood, and if it does not want to release easily, back the tool out and come at it from another direction (or define the stop cut more solidly, which is often a reason why a part of the carving does not want to release). Sometimes I do a little "flick" of the tool at the end of the cut, but this is by no means a "pry". It is simply to end the cut and get rid of the wood chip on the tool. Happy Carving 🙂

A few months ago at one of our club meetings we had some tools for sale. I picked  two Ashley Iles fishtails, a 3 and 5 sweep both about 12-14mm. Those things are built like tanks. I love using them and they really hold an edge. I don't think you could damage them using a mallet. One of the good things about belonging to a club is that bargains crop up periodically. However the sad thing is that these tools usually become available because one of the members has passed away.


I just love mary may's fishtail gouges. Usually I used 6mm and 14mm for carving. Thanks for this amazing tools.

Do anyone have experience any best wood working tools for routertable?

On the router table the Incra table is unreal. you can get the same cut over and over no matter how many time you move it . sorry you need the jig that goes with the table. been using one for over 20 year still works greatROUTER TABLE FENCES



you don't need this set up but its not bad. i have the older one, no vacuum hook up.