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Many of you have complained that the #7 sweep straight gouges we have recommended by two European makers are always out of stock and do I recommend any others. I do. I have used Pfeil gouges since 1995 and these too match and exceed the UK makers at least.
This spoon took me about 6 minutes for the bowl complete and I wasn’t chasing my tail to do it. Eight chops for the bulk and some minor paring and it was done. What you see is straight off the gouge. The back of the spoon and handle comes to this rough-cut stage from the spokeshave and bow saw in about 15 minutes and can be finished out with a card scraper. The whole spoon takes me 30 minutes. That’s in hardwoods like cherry (this one), ash, elm or oak.
Pfeil do make good gouges, I mean top quality, and I like their octagonal shaped ash handles butted straight into the heavier bolster too. It feels very solid, directly controllable and is easily manipulated to the wood for such tasks as this.