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).
| 11 September 2020 17:52
Chris, I received my Pfeil 3a-8mm and 12/10 V tool from chippingaway.com. 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 (www.classichandtools.com/acatalog/Spoon-Bent-Tools-Series-2a-PFEILSP2a.html#SID=782) 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