Hey all, Just thought I'd answer a few questions concerning the v-skew...Sprior let me know he posted about the tool demo here. Basically, the v-skew is a single-bevel skew chisel. The reason a conventional skew has two bevels is that just one tool is needed for right and left cuts. The two angles of the conventional skew is a compromise...the tendency to catch unexpectedly is the downside. A single bevel skew can only cut in one direction; so two tools would be needed to perform the work of one regular skew. By combining both a right and left hand skew, the v-skew is formed. Unlike the Sorby tool, it is a true skew chisel, with a long and short point. Unlike a conventional skew, both short and long points can be used with far less fear of getting a catch. While the tool can be ground with the same included angle as a regular skew, the geometry, and the approach to the wood is far different. Similar to a gouge, the cutting edge of the v-skew is on the same plane as the tool shaft, while the skew's top bevel angles downward no matter what angle the tool handle is oriented. Does it work? Yes, my unscientific field tests, with both advanced skew turners and those who won't touch a skew were conclusive. Is it cheating? Well, how many turners will complete a turning, and grab a skew chisel for the final cut? I can tell you from my teaching experience...not too many. What good is a tool if it sits in the rack unused? Many turners are retired and approach turning as a hobby; how many have the time and patience to master the conventional skew? So that is basically the idea behind the v-skew. I will hopefully produce a video in the near future. Thanks for reading, I would be glad to answer any questions. Keith
I added a couple of photos of my work.
Last edited by Ktompkins; 01-21-2011 at 06:21 PM.
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