When you work with your lathe, use a wood-carving gouge to carve into the wood. Gouges are considered a great wood-carving tool; they use a design similar to wood-carving chisels but with a rounded metal blade that provides a sharp cutting edge. The metal blades come in two variations, an out-cannel bevel on the outside and an in-cannel bevel on the inside.
Wood-carving gouges also come in various sizes, with a small gouge measuring about 1/16" (1.5mm) and a large gouge measuring about 2" (50mm). Most woodworking shops need more than one size of this tool.
Gouge Sweep Numbers
Each gouge features a sweep number defining its radius. A no. 1 sweep features a nearly straight blade, while a no. 11 features a semi-circular blade. The radius of this carving tool determines the angle of the cuts you can make.
These wood-carving tools come with either octagonal, oval, or round handles. The different grips of these carving chisels let you hold the gouge at different angles.
Shop Rockler Today for Gouges
Shop Rockler for your woodworking gouges. We offer 12 gouge options from Two Cherries. Rockler also offers various chisel options and other tools for woodworking.