HOLLOWING ADZE. Hand forged by Swedish toolmaker Hans Karlsson, these are easily the finest hollowing adzes that we know of. Excellent for bowl carving, saddling Windsor seats and sculpture projects. The 2-1/4” wide blade is shaped with an elliptical curve -- the middle cutting area has a shallow sweep surrounded by a steeper radius at the ends. The head weighs about 22 ounces. These adzes are made with a double-beveled edge. The outer bevel is quite distinct; this results in the good scooping action. The inner bevel is there to facilitate sharpening. All Hans Karlsson adze heads are forged from Swedish Uddeholm steel, Arne specification SS1672.
Swedish woodworkers often use a short handle, but Drew Langsner and many of our CW class members like a 20-inch bent hardwood handle for bowl carving and Windsor seat saddling.
WINDSOR CHAIRMAKER'S BOTTOMING ADZE. Drew Langsner has teamed up with the Swedish master toolmaker Hans Karlsson to develop this hefty hollowing adze for saddling Windsor chair seats. The head is approximately 3-1/2 inches wide and 50 per cent heavier than Hans' standard adzes. The cutting edge is rather flat with lips that are proportionately lower than the hollowing adze. A narrow included edge angle and adequate clearance behind the bevel makes this a very efficient cutting tool.
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