HANS KARLSSON GOUGES. This selection of high quality Swedish gouges is produced by Hans and Carina Karlsson. These beautiful tools are excellent for hollowing spoons, bowls and other sculptural carving projects. Hans Karlsson gouges are forged from Swedish ball bearing steel, which is formulated for toughness. They really hold a keen edge. The H-120 series dog-leg gouges are designed for hollowing hard to reach areas, such as the converging long grain on the bottom of carved bowls. The smaller H-121 dog-leg gouge is also a very efficient tool for hollowing the bowls of spoons and ladles. The H-130 series double hooped gouges are designed for carving large bowls. These heavy duty gouges -- which are suitable for striking with a mallet or hammer -- are also used by wood sculptors and for saddling Windsor chair seats by chairmakers who don't use an adze and inshave. The H-141 mini-goatfoot V-gouge is used for engraving and carving surface designs. The other gouges have a rectangular hardwood handle, and are designed for paring (pushing, not striking). All Karlsson gouges are expertly sharpened by Carina Karlsson to cut with a fine finish.
We have also added another straight paring gouge to our Hans Karlsson selection. The new H-100 is narrower and has a somewhat shallower sweep than our H-101 gouge. This is a carverís detail tool. It's very useful when you need to take light cuts with a paring action. (These are often places where a small detail knife doesn't work well.) Drew ordered one for his own bowl carving projects and found it to be so useful that it earned a place in our carefully developed selection of gouges.
MINI SPOON GOUGE
These gouges are lighter and easier to produce than the standard Karlsson paring gouges, but they are the same high quality. Drew has been using a sample set for over a year and has been very satisfied. Hans has agreed to make a set with special specifications for Country Workshops.
Sold as a set of 5. There are 3 straight gouges: 12mm with a Karlsson 25 sweep, 18mm 55 sweep, 22mm 90 sweep. Plus 2 bent gouges: 18mm 35 sweep, 22mm 70 sweep. You can see what these Karlsson sweeps below.
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