In this lesson, you'll see a very efficient way of striking with
your mallet; how a metal 'dummy' or 'journeymans' mallet is used,
and good advice about how not to hit the end of your carving tool
Chris, great video series. I am learning a lot. You mentioned "wood carvers hoof" caused by hitting the end of a gouge with the heel of your hand. Can you point me to any further information on this? I have an elderly friend that appears to have this problem after a lifetime of production work.
Ernest - I heard about "carver's hoof" many years ago, from my original teacher. It was a callous sported with pride, rather like rugby players wear "cauliflower ears", but untimately a bad thing as it also meant tendon or nerve damage and a claw hand - not that that made a lot of difference: the claw hand and hoof were just the right shape for thumping the chisel handle, though not for ordering 5 pints in the pub. But I'm afraid that's all I know. Other than that I've made a point of avoiding it!
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