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Re: hewn/carved wooden bowls

Postby DavidFisher » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:53 pm

Sorry for taking so long to respond, Shankar. I must have overlooked the message/question before. I have two bowl adzes. The one I use most is the Hans Karlsson that has been mentioned in other postings. I bought the adze head from Country Workshops and handled it myself. For smaller bowls with a tighter inner curve I use a Pfeil adze that I had to regrind completely and rehandle. It works well now, but it was a lot of work. I am sure the Granfors Bruks bowl adze would be a good choice, and I am sometimes tempted, but it is expensive (probably justifiably so) and I've got two that do everything I want them to do. I guess it would just be one more thing to sharpen.
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Re: hewn/carved wooden bowls

Postby DavidFisher » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:56 pm

On second glance, I guess I was looking at the date you joined rather than when you posted the message! :roll:
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Re: hewn/carved wooden bowls

Postby robin wood » Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:03 pm

I have a gorgeous old Romanian adze that is just a dream for hollowing big bowls, I keep thinking I should try to get a copy made. It is the one tool that I have that I would really struggle to replace. I'll try to post pictures of it here soon.
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Re: hewn/carved wooden bowls

Postby Robin Fawcett » Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:15 am

DavidFisher wrote:I am sure the Granfors Bruks bowl adze would be a good choice, and I am sometimes tempted, but it is expensive (probably justifiably so)


I'll vote for that one - unfortunately I had to do quite a bit of filing and grinding to blend in the sharp bevel. I paid £60 about 5-6 years ago and that was without a leather cover which they now do.
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Re: hewn/carved wooden bowls

Postby jrccaim » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:11 am

David Fisher said:

[quote]....about a shaving horse variation I designed to facilitate the use of a drawknife on the exterior of bowls.[quote]

Absolutely brilliant design for a bowl carver's shaving horse. Come summer I am making one. I can't tell from the photo, but is the log version three- or four-legged? I regret to say I will use a chain saw to rough mine out, even if I risk summary expulsion from the Bodger's forum :).

The workbench is marvellous. Long live Roubo! I still have to add the end vise to mine. But the photo has inspired me to plan a "crochet de bois" and some holdfast holes for my woodworking bench.
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Re: hewn/carved wooden bowls

Postby DavidFisher » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:48 pm

Thanks. It is four-legged, but three would be fine too, and better for an uneven floor. A chainsaw is especially useful for the center channel. I bored a hole from top to bottom at both ends (2" T-handle auger) then made two long rip cuts with a chainsaw to remove the chunk between the holes. Be careful not to cut with the top portion of the front edge of the saw -- kickback risk.
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