Hans Karlsson Gouges

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.

Note: The Karlsson' sweep system is based on the curve of a circle designated by the radius measured in millimeters. Because these tools are handmade, there is often a variation of a few millimeters in tool width compared to nominal size.

100 Series - Straight Paring Gouges

Stock # Description Price
H-100 15 mm 35 sweep $83.50
H-101 22 mm 25 sweep $85.50
H-102 30 mm 35 sweep $92.25
H-103 35 mm 90 sweep $92.25
H-104 35 mm 150 sweep $92.25

Width of the current version of the H-113 is 35mm, the same width as the H-112. The photo shows a previous model.

110 Series - Bent Paring Gouges

Stock # Description Price
H-110 22 mm 25 sweep
H-111 30 mm 55 sweep
H-112 35 mm 90 sweep
H-113 35 mm 150 sweep

120 Series - Dogleg Paring Gouges

Stock # Description Price
H-121 25 mm 35 sweep $88.50
H-122 30 mm 55 sweep $95.50
H-123 35 mm 150 sweep $95.50

130 Series - Double Hoop Striking Gouges

Stock # Description Price
H-130 30 mm 35 sweep - straight (not pictured) $121.25
H-131 30 mm 35 sweep - bent $121.25
H-132 40 mm 55 sweep – straight $132.75
H-133 40 mm 55 sweep – bent $132.75
H-134 40 mm 150 sweep – bent $132.75
H-135 50 mm 70 sweep – straight $144.25
H-136 50 mm 70 sweep – bent $144.25


This specialty gouge was designed to be easy to hold while hollowing the bowl of small and medium size spoons. Like all other Karlsson tools, it works beautifully. Made from high quality tool steel. The 20mm width of the cutting edge equals about 13/16 inch.

H-148 20mm spoon carving mini-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.

H-146 5-Piece Basic Carving Set

How To Order
Tools can be purchased three ways: Order by phone (Office hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern Time) using your Visa/MasterCard for payment; order by mail, by clicking on Order Form (you can print the Order Form on your computer's printer, but we do not yet offer on-line ordering); direct purchase at our store and showroom.

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