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post #1 of 5 Old 10-16-2015, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. Does anyone know the name of this tool?

And do you just push it by hand, or do you need to use a mallet?

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Its a type of gouge, they come in all different sizes and shapes. They can be used with the hand or with a hammer at this size they make much smaller version for hand carving.
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The London Pattern Book defines the curvatures and widths of gouges. Thus each is labelled with a pair of numbers. The first number is the sweep, the curvature and the second number is the size, the width, in millimeters. Major manufacturers and retailers often have a LPB chart in their website (eg Pfeil, Ashley-Iles, etc).
Since very shallow cuts are being made to texture the surface in what I suspect is soft wood, you can push the gouge by hand for control. At the shaping stage in a carving, it's common to use a carver's mallet (they come in different sizes and weights.)

In Post#1, I'll estimate the gouge as a 5/35. The edge is better than that of a new razor blade.
Depending on source (shop around), shouldn't be much more than $50.00.
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Really nice of you guys to get back to me with these great answers. Thank you. Think I might get into some carving; I love the texture that thing makes...
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There are more than half a dozen really different "styles" of wood carving. As you might expect, the kinds and shapes of the tools fit the task at hand. The tools I use for a story pole are not the tools that would or could be used for lettering. As examples, a draw-knife, elbow adze and D adze.

I do carvings, "in-the-round" , and usually add formline or relief carving to the surfaces. I've done some surface texturing, I like the look of it but not for everything.
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