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Gouges for a beginner

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I'm a beginning 71 year old would-be violin maker. Would appreciate anyones comments on the best roughing gouge(s). Seems like a 5-30mm Pfell is fairly popular. Also would you recommend a straight gouge or a bent shaft ? Don't want cheap tools.

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When I started I purchased several of the "bent shaft" roughing gouges (see picture). These have the bevel on the inside like corner block gouges which makes them more tricky to sharpen. I recently switched to regular gouges (with an outside bevel) and find them much more pleasant to use. At least for me it is much easier to follow a precise contour with them (by changing the angle of the handle vs the workpiece). Of the two larger Pfeil gouges I tried the 7/35 is my favorite. I also bought some longer handles but kept the originals on for now.

Hope that is helpful.


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