Here is the Thos Ibbotson gouge John restored. It’s an old one and well used but it has cobs of good life in it yet. The handle is sound and will last him for a lifetime and that’s the whole point about these articles. Take a little time, develop some restoration savvy and another tool is save from the landfill and the damp cellar. Waste not want not.
Imagine how many spoons John will make with this gouge and for just a few shillings. Sorry, pence. I would that I had had such opportunities as a lad. Back then no one threw anything like this away. I can hear Merlin Bates now saying, “Fill yer boots lads, these are good tools.” Merlin was one of the men I apprenticed under as a boy in Stockport a few decades back. Now there was a man who could handle a saw.