Adze, bowl knife and other handles

Anyone getting tired yet of seeing photos of my tools post-fire? Fear not dear reader, I’m nearly at the end now.

bowl knife, adze and chiselsLater this week I’m teaching a 1-to-1 course on green wood bowl carving for Sam Robinson, one of the Bill Hogarth Coppice apprentices. It’s something I really enjoy doing, partly because it uses such a simple tool kit, my hollowing adze and large hook knife being principal among them. Sam has done a little carving already and is looking for some tuition to improve his efficiency with the tools and final finish. I also want to spend time with him focusing on design and the overall balance and shape of his bowls.

So, more ash carved or turned on the pole-lathe and fitted with the original ferrules that I sifted out of the ashes. The adze is wedged with oak, left long so I can tighten it up if needed as the handle dries fully. My tools will never win a beauty contest and I’m still sad to know that despite my best efforts they’re not the tools they were. If nothing else, I’m now really good at carving and fitting handles. I’ve been thinking of making some spares in case I need to do this again but maybe that’d be tempting fate..


About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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3 Responses to Adze, bowl knife and other handles

  1. Bob Thomas says:

    Steve did you re temper your tools ? Bob

  2. Rob says:

    The adze handle looks lovely.
    Recently I made a handle for an old shipwright’s adze using local ash. It finished up a bit flawed or, as I think of it, with some character!

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