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Old 01-13-2008, 10:43 PM
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Default carving gouges

Just wondering if anyone here has heard of Speedball carving gouges? Who made these and if they would be any good ? I thank you Motorcycle
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:41 PM
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Speedball makes tools for doing block printing. I have used them to cut the linoleum to make the prints. They may work for wood.
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Default Re: carving gouges

Speedball gouges are made for cutting linoleum oe rubber for block printing and are not sharpened or honed for wood. That said, I have a #2 V gouge mounted in a permanent handle and, after honing and stropping, it works great on basswood, willow, and other "soft" woods.
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Errol, They work really well carving bark. You can get some really small ones and they get into tight places. Have fun. Mike
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Errol,
I don't know if they still make them, there are still some around. I bought a brand new set of 5 palm tools. I found them at a carving show a few years ago. I am going to keeping it new.
I'll give it to one of my grandchildren.....the v-tool is still with me they are very good tools.

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They remind me of "Xacto" type stuff....thin metal, stamped.....I don't particularly care for them...imho
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Default Re: carving gouges

The larger set of five carving tools, (3/4 inch # 4; V; U; Skew; Straight chisel) with fixed wooden fat cigar shaped handles are made in Sheffield, England and are of good quality, sometimes available at antique/flea markets, sometimes on EBay around $45. The block printing tools are available at art stores, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc. with blades that fit into a chucked handle that also holds other blades. Sometimes at flea market/antique store one can find the wooden handled chuck with Speedball blades. They are good for some types of carving the key is to try them out, expirement and remember there is "No tool" that fits all carving tasks and one brand is not any better than the other providing they are sharpened properly. Simply sharpen up the tool and if you use it, it will get dull and if you let is lie around in your tool box or tool rack moisture condensation will rust the cutting edge first (that is why it is always a good idea to always strop any tool before you begin to carve with it) Inactivity, be it for tools or for the carver causes "rust" so get busy and carve something and learn to sharpen your tools.
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I had to erase this message. When I posted the Dick Blick web site I cam up with a glass vase at Ebay.

The speed ball tools can be obtained at the great art store called Dick Blick. I would post a link buy I am getting sick from mysurgery. Srorry about that

Oh good, I can edit. I am back. my 3 hours surgery last Friday did me in.

You can find Dick blick on line. They sell other art carving tools for engraving, clay etc. I buy many of my art supplies for my architectural work there. I have been buying form them for over 20 years and never had a problem. If you need pait for your carvings and art work, Tis is a great place. I get student and staff discounts through the university. If you are taking any classes in highschool or collage you can get a discount.

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You can get them at craft stores like Pearls.replaceble tips .v tips and gouges.are very cheap. Great for cutting hair.
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I have seen them at Hobby Lobby also. With the art supplies.
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