How to Sharpen Woodcarving Tools
Woodcarver David Sobol shows how to make gouges and V-tools razor sharp.
In more than 25 years as a full-time woodcarver, David Sabol has created life-like animals and birds, beautiful landscapes, festive Christmas ornaments, stunning storybook characters, and distinctive signs for business and historical sites.
In his new DVD and book, “Woodcarving Basics,” Sabol shows how wood carving is something just about anyone can master if you’re willing to learn the basic skills. This excerpt from the DVD covers one of the most important aspects of carving–how to keep the chisels as sharp as possible. You’ll see clearly how Sabol uses a series of stones and strops to produce an edge that cuts easily and cleanly.
Why go into the edge on the stones? I'm not sure I've seen that commonly done.
Always go into the edge when sharpening or grinding. If steel is sharpened with the cutting edge trailing, the abrasives drag out the burr of the cutting edge. You end up with a long floppy burr that leaves a thick edge when the burr is honed off.
Grinding or honing into the edge produces a crisp profile with only a tiny burr curled to the inside.
This applies to all edged steel cutters. Grind into the edge as if you were going to cut the stone.
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