I finally finished the carving gouge handle project. These are mostly Addis blades a couple Buck Brothers This represents about half of my total collection, so I am well equipped to move ahead on some SERIOUS carving projects. The other half consists of newer Pfeil gouges and some miniature gouges and chisels. As noted before, I'm planning a Grinling Gibbons style carving and this is a major step towards beginning work. I have some experiments to perform to test procedure and material. The design elements need to be sketched out to work the details satisfactorily. I'll post progress pictures now and then. Anybody interested in the old handles?
Shop work has indeed been slow. I am helping a farmer friend with preparations for field work. But I have also been restoring some tools that have been given to me. These rusty planes have now been restored as far as I can take them for now. I need some rosewood for a tote (or a rosewood tote already done) for the larger plane.
I'm about half way through a lengthy project of making and installing new handles on all my carving gouges except the newest ones. It took some time to decide what to do about the ferrule but now that I've decided, it will be quick to finish.
As you may remember my goal is to start this year on a major carving in the Grinling Gibbons class of work. I intend to carve a potted plant with dense foliage wrapped about a twisted rope climbing pole. It's an ambitious piece of work and it is unlikely that I will finish it this year. But it will soon become part of the weekly calendar to invest some time on a regular basis into this project. I have the materials and soo the tools will be in order.
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.