Hand Tools

Subject:
A few notes

Warren in Lancaster, PA
A firmer gouge looks like a firmer chisel that has had its blade curved. It still has those flat side edges and is almost 1/8 thick.

Besides being much thinner, a carving chisel has rounded or tapered edges. In addition the corners are sometimes doctored in ways that would be difficult to describe. The result is that a carving gouge has much better clearance and is much more nimble.

Firmer gouges are usually sold in a limited number of sizes, and all have similar curvature. They are used with a mallet for roughing out mouldings and other rough work. Carving gouges are used both with a mallet and without a mallet.

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