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Changing Handles

There are many excellent reasons for changing handles and I'll tell you at least 4 in this lesson.

Handles, which you can also buy, are quick to make on a lathe and changing the handle on a carving tool isn't that difficult. And before you look at all those tools with the same handle and despair, you need only do one every now and again - you'll soon work your way through.

You can read a lot more about handles in my book: Woodcarving Tools, Materials & Equipment vol.1.


| 27 July 2014 12:36

Charlie, I know this post is 'old', but I'm 'new' here! I cannot speak for the UK, but in the US you can get Pfeil replacement handles quite readily from Woodcraft Supply (, which is a Pfeil dealer. They are a bit expensive (to my mind) at $9.99-12.59 per piece and I'd rather try making my own. I'd suggest you might also just find the closest pfeil dealer and have them order them for you if you still need them.

| 09 July 2013 17:54

Great video and comments. I do have one question though. I have recently damaged my 7/25 Pfeil gouge. Does anyone know where I can pick up a Pfeil handle. The size is good for me and I need to get this gouge up and running ASAP. It seems there are no suppliers in the UK that carry Pfeil handles. I find this odd considering the popularity of Pfeil gouges? Any advice greatly appreciated.

| 20 February 2013 14:42

One might also add that if the carver has a lathe available, one should work at turning their own new handles.
This is a great experience and lots of fun. In addition, the carver can pick and chose their own wood and areas of grain.

| 23 December 2012 14:23

Excellent.... Very nice technique on reaming the pilot (instead of all the fussy stepped drilling). Makes room for better tool alignment, and provides mich greater contact area along the tang... Also love that shape and proportion of handle for smaller tools...
Thanks and very best wishes for the season to all..

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