Turning Archive 2004
Scott Greaves, Blackfoot Idaho
I was visiting my local Woodcraft store (only four hours away) last week, and noticed they are now selling the P & N line of tools. I have wanted one of their roughing gouges, but the price was a bit steep for a casual purchase. But the little spindle gouge was in the right range, and looked very interesting, so I bought it.
I had today off, so I took it to the shop and mounted a handle on it. I sharpened it up, leaving the same profile it came with, and gave it a try on some pen blanks. It seemed to work nicely.
The tip profile was quite pointy compared with how I usually grind my spindle gouges. I didn't try any beads or coves with it, since that's not the design I wanted on these pens. But just taking the wood down to size and for initial shaping, this gouge worked well.
After I have used it some more I'll check back in with a better review. Does anybody have a better (cheaper) source for these tools?