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The Ashley Iles gouge I suggested for UK spoon makers following my videos on spoon carving are out of stock and it seems that it’s a multi-week waiting list if you do order one. I think that companies will take preorders and this has happened because of a blog post we did almost a year ago because you cannot get the Hirsch #7 sweep 36-38mm (1 1/2”) gouge here in the UK. It’s a shame and I am sorry it’s happened that you can’t get them, but these are not the only maker of good gouges. The supplier companies should be telling you very directly that the tool is backordered or at least what the status is right off the bat without you having to contact them to find out the status. Of course I suppose they don’t want to lose the orders, but I think you should be aware of this if you are indeed buying stock they don’t have. I thought you might try searching from the premium European makers like Stubai or Pfeil Swiss. I have used their carving tools over the past two decades and can recommend them. Stubai 40mm #7 straight gouge equals the other gouges I have recommended and you can get these from Tiranti here in the UK if you want a UK supplier. The gouge shown will be excellent for spoon carving and you can see me teaching spoon carving with the Hirsch gouge here.