Looking for a long a narrow skew chisel
I’m looking for an exceptionally long skew chisel. I’d like to use it to get down inside deep faceplates turnings. I know most folks use a gouge to do this, but I learned how to turn from an old guy who only had three tools (a skew, and roughing gouge, and a parting tool) and he turned out some amazing stuff. As much as possible, I use a skew. I have 8 or 10 gouges of various sizes, but hardly ever pick them up.
Anyway, every time I see an advertisement for a long skew – “long and strong”, etc. – I check the blade length and it’s still only 5 1/2″ or 6″ long. I did see one advertised that was 300mm (around 12″), but it’s 1 1/4″ wide. Sometimes I need to get into tighter places.
Does anyone make anything longer? Ideally, I’m looking for something with a blade width of no wider than 3/4″ and a length of at least 10 “. I’d like to have a narrow skew (1/2″) that’s somewhere around 12″ – 15” but that may be really asking the impossible.
I’ve considered checking with a machine shop to have one made.
I’m also looking for something like a Bedan tool that has a 12″ – 15″ blade as well.
I have a “hollowing tool” but I don’t really like it – it’s too slow. I have to admit, I like to really “hog” out the wood on the inside of an object before I start working on the final inside shape and finish.
The person who says it can’t be done should not interrupt the person doing it. – CHINESE PROVERB