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Cane handles - full size chisels or palm gouges?

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#11 Gloops


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 06:48 AM

The palm tools I use are "flexcut", never had a problem with them. They can be bought individually or in sets  - I started with the 11 piece set and are still frequently using it and never added to it, covers everything I need for "in hand" carving toppers.

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 01:33 PM


Hi Lol999, agree with CV3 if the design is actually being carved into the grip area, adding the carving to the front of he handle as Cobalt is saying, or as an addition on the back area of the handle.the size of the carving tends to dictate which tooling to use, its not often that I resort to chisel and mallet, unless faced with a hard knotty area, mainly use knife, palm chisel and power (as time goes on power is the King).

Any suggestions on the most used size and profiles of palm tools you use?


Flex cut palm tools are good tools  .I used them for years. Sizes are much a question of what you are going to carve. Flex cut has a 5 piece beginners set that will serve you well. You had t said you would like to do design in your handles. For cutting in lines I would choose a #11 - 2 mm or 3 mm u-gouge and/.or  a 70 degree 1.5 mm or 2 mm V-tool.  I would check with the fellows in your carving club see what they are using. I would also note that sharpening  the smaller mico tools( 2mm and lower) take some practice. 

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 03:51 PM

Well today I had a hold of some palm tools and to be honest they are too small for me. I'm having difficulties with my hands so I think I'll go for the full size tools. Thanks for all the imput.

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