Sharpening my Curve Carving Gouges

My previous post described how I sharpen my flat (letter) carving gouges. Mostly this post is about “commissioning” (sharpening them for the first time) or if I need to repair an edge.

I’ve had to do a fair amount of work to the curved gouges I inherited.  You could, as I have, change the bevel on a carving chisel with the approach I use below.  I learned this approach from my friend Anada (a_dorje on Instagram).

I use my 8″ Tormek 3 (now Tormek 4).  Ideally you’d want to use something that doesn’t create a hollow bevel (something like the Work Sharp System) .. but! .. once I have the new angle on the chisel set and polished, I usually just use the strop to keep the chisels sharp.  

So to commission a new chisel or reshape a bevel, I take the chisel to the wheel,  then 1000, 4000 and 8000 grit stones.  Then I strop.

So here goes:

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