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Carving Gouges

The Carving Gouges in this section tend to be on the large side. Our starting point and stocking criteria for gouges is mainly the craft subjects of Bowl Carving, Kuksa Carving and to a lesser extent Spoon Carving.

There are three main types of gouges here: Straight Gouges, Bent (or Curved) Gouges and Dogleg Gouges. These come in a range of cutting edge sizes and sweeps.

Most gouges are expressed with two numbers, the first is the sweep, from a shallow ‘U’ shape to a deep ‘U’ shape, normally the bigger the number the flatter the sweep. The second number is usually the approx. length of the cutting edge from corner to corner. As an example: the Hans Karlsson Dogleg Gouge 35-30 has a '35' sweep and an edge length of 30mm.  Most makers will stamp a tools sweep onto the blade.

Our preferred gouge makers are Hans Karlsson, Svante Djarv and Ashley Iles 

If a gouge is ‘double-hooped’ these are normally the most robust designed to undertake the most arduous work.

If you would like some advice from us as what options are available to you for a certain job, get in touch we'll be pleased to help.

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