Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chisel Inventory and Sharpening

Today I took the time to find out just what chisels I have in my arsenal. I know that may sound crazy, but I really did not have any idea what they were specifically. I would just grab the chisel I needed to make the cut I needed. So today i broke out the woodcraft catalog and plotted out the exact sweeps of each chisel. (With the cat's help) There were still some that slipped between the cracks, but I made my best guess with what I had. Now new chisels have the sweep stamped in the handle or the neck of the chisel. Unfortunately, Mine are so old that I can barely read the manufacturer! Well, In all I have 41 chisels. Of all makes models shapes sizes and qualities. I really only use several for most of my carving, but I have a feeling that is about to change. Besides, I have been looking for a reason to purchase new chisels for a while!
List of chisels: Gouges: #1 50mm,38mm, 16mm, #2 5mm, #3 15mm, #4 30 mm,13mm, 7 mm, #5 25mm, 15mm, 9 mm, 5 mm, #6 20 mm, 10 mm, 5 mm, #7 14 mm, 12 mm, #8 13 mm, #9 16 mm, 15 mm, #11 6 mm, Vtools: 55* 7mm, 8 mm, 45* 5mm. 60* 5 mm, 4 mm, Skews: 2 mm, 4mm, 11mm, 14 mm, Veiners: 1 mm, 1.5 mm, 2mm, 4mm, 4mm, 5mm, Fishtail skews: 5mm, 5 mm, 5mm, 5mm, What a nightmare trying to figure out what each one was. For those who don't know the higher the number the steeper the sweep, and the higher the mm. means how wide they are. Not too confusing once you sort it all out. Then it was off to the sharpening phase. What fun! I got half sharpened for the moment, I'll work on the rest later, but they are turning out well.

16 comments:

Dave Brock said...

Nice looking set of chisels that you have there and I don't think that you will have a shortage anytime soon. Some of them look to have a LOT of years service behind them. By the way thanks for leading me to Doug Stowe's blog, "Wisdom of The Hands" which is now my most watched blog. We're both woodshop teachers so there's a lot in common there.

Take care,
Dave

The Great Ethan Allen said...

Thanks Dave, Don't know how I led you to Doug's blog, but "you're welcome!' hehe. I sometimes look at other woodcarving blogs to see who follows whom. I have found some great blogs that way. I think I found yours from woodcarving illustrated though...

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