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    Just spent an hour and a half restoring the edge of a chipped gouge. The chip was about a sixteenth deep, right in the middle of the curve. I used the side of my India stone where the stone holder acted as a guide and kept everything square and flattened the edge some then back to the top to restore somewhat of a bevel, alternated that process until I got past the damage. Reshaped the bevel, sharpened and stropped and voila, it cuts. Since this was a low quality gouge I'm not sure it was worth the effort but a good learning exercise anyway.

  • #2
    Squid ,, Sometimes on a sour piece of steel, IF you can. RE-heat and re-temper. I have in the past and not too bad of luck. but I used to be in "iron" works and metal working was/still fun. Depending on your ,,Oh mygoshes and needs, it can be done. But ya always need the sharpening practices right.!
    My new shop is about 2 months away depending on permits and a dependable contractor.
    Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!


    • #3
      Good for you, Squid. Joint the edge and remake the entire bevel.
      It might not have been fun but you certainly learned a lot to do it more easily next time.
      Brian T


      • #4
        There is something very satisfying about reworking a damaged gouge, especially when it performs nicely after rework. One experience for me was a Pfeil #9-7mm that chipped while doing a vertical cut in hardwood. Perhaps the edge was brittle from processing, but it was "a learning experience." I squared the edge with a grinder, then rebuilt the bevel on stones & compound. The more memorable one is described here: https://forum.woodcarvingillustrated...ool-roll/page2 That Herring Brothers #3 fishtail has remained one of my favorites ever since.


        • #5
          Good thing to learn can’t imagine how anyone could be a carver unless they learn to sharpen and repair damaged edges. Hopefully next time it will be a “V” tool for then you will will be a real carver.

          Local club


          • #6
            Squid, it's great to keep those gouges and especially Vtools to practice on before you attempt a good one.
            Mark N. Akers
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