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4 Setting in - 2

Setting in the details, which are quite fiddly and time-consuming in this, fairly complicated, carving.

An important thing to remember: your tools take precedence over you drawing. By this I mean that if you don't have exactly the right tool to fit a line, then adapt the drawing to the tool you have.

And don't forget that you can slice a lot more lines than you think, especially with a narrow flat gouge: #3 or 4 x 1/8-1/4" (3-5mm).

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| 11 September 2020 17:52

Chris, I received my Pfeil 3a-8mm and 12/10 V tool from I love them. Thanks for your direction.

| 24 August 2020 16:12

Thanks for your help Chris.

| 20 August 2020 07:50

David - Pfeil use a different system to the standard Sheffield one so the equivalent of Sheffield #3 that you are looking for is Pfeil cut #2. I can see they are available from Classic Hand Tools ( in the UK. You'll need to search if you live elsewhere, but CHT do ship.
It's true I like Pfeil for this particular type of tool (though am critical of others) but there are certainly other decent manufacturers you could try: Ashley Iles, Henry Taylor or Stubai for example. I'd try one before committing yourself to brand loyalty; all makers have their own quirks.
By the way, I've put a Pfeil/Sheffield List comparison table in the member's downloads that you may find useful.

| 19 August 2020 17:31

Chris, I am having trouble finding any #3 short bent gouges. I like Pfeil but will take what you recommend. Thanks, Dave

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