They appear to have been made by the
with a minimum of tools. The sockets are not real well
I just finished making 2 handles for them and sharpening
the same 2. I
don't know what they make carving tools out of, but the
steel is HARD.
Sharpening was a real chore, particularly on the tool
that is used like
a drawknife. The gouge was not as difficult to sharpen,
but it was not
nearly as easy as most of my carving tools.
It seems that they are not as fond of deep gouges as I
am, because all
these are shallow. The vee tool is strange because of
the bend in the
shank. I prefer vee tools to be straight, but I will try
this and see
how I like it. I haven't sharpened the vee tool yet,
but the shape is
interesting because the wings are cut back at 45
generally sharpen them square on the end.
I added a second picture containing an Addis tool for
The Chinese tools are rather long, and I made the
handles to be
proportional to the tool. Most of the handles on my
carving tools are
smaller, like the one shown.
The wood is Coastal Live Oak from a friend's tree in
Monterey CA. I
kinda like the way this wood looks on the Chinese tools.
I forgot to mention that the tools are pretty
thin, and they came ground with an incannel bevel. I
found that a little odd too. But the Chinese may have a
completely different carving style than we do.
I just put up a picture of the 5 Chinese
carving tools that I recently
received. I made handles for them and sharpened them, so
now they are
ready to use, provided I can find a chinaman (Chinese
man ? Which is
correct?) to use them.
I took them to my carving club
meeting today and
had several serious carvers try them and offer their
opinion. They all
disliked the tools. The style and shape and almost
them is contrary to what we westerners like in our
I offered the opinion to the galoot who gave me these
tools that it
might require an apprenticeship in China while holding
the work with
your feet to learn to appreciate them. I have seen
pictures of carving
in the orient, and that seems to be the method of