Sunday, August 29, 2021

Chisels for Kumiko

 While paring kumiko In the past I’ve often thought that I could create a tool to make this task a bit easier and possibly more ergonomic as well. Recently I had a customer/friend contact me to inquire as to whether I would be interested in creating such a chisel for him. 

I made a list of the criteria we put together for this chisel:

(1) Wide blade for easy registration on the jigs typically used in kumiko work.

(2) Shorter blade so the pressure point of your hand is close to the cutting contact point. Something butt chisel length.

(3) Shorter handle as compared to a bench chisel so the end would fit comfortably in your hand and provide a way to push with the butt of your hand.

(4) A lower bevel angle to make for a better paring cut.

(5) Lower heat in the tempering process to leave the chisel a bit harder than standard. Paring and chopping are very different task. Leaving the steel in the blade a bit harder promotes a sharper edge better for paring than chopping.

(6) All sharp edges on the chisel blade where one’s hand may come in contact are broken/softened to make the user experience more pleasant and less wearing on the hand.

Below are pictures of the product created using this criteria. Woods are Desert ironwood, olive and figured resin infused maple.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

New Additions to the Tools Available Page

 Recent additions to the Tools Available Page as of January 28th, 2021. 

To purchase visit the "Tools Available page"

Pair of  Resin Infused Curly maple 18 degree Skew Chisels, 3/8" wide



Resin Infused Cherry Awl with removable blade feature and lye aged finish.


Monday, September 21, 2020

Most Recent Set of Dovetail Chisels

 I recently completed this set of Dovetail chisels using Resin Infused Curly Maple for the handles. I also implemented a new ferrule design. The change is not obvious as it is concealed in the handle. The new ferrules feature an integrated threaded stud that actually threads into the handle and once thread locked it becomes integrated into the wooden handle.



This new feature allows all the components to become one thing and makes the final assembly a bit more predictable as well.


You may also notice a bit of a different shape in the handle. As new ideas emerge I prototype and add the details that prove to be an enhancement.

I had intended to list these chisels on the Tools Available page today but a former customer discovered that I had these in process and contacted me about purchasing them. Chisels are SOLD.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

New Items Added to the Tool Available page on 9/2/20

The last Awls I added to the Tools Available page sold out quite quickly. I've just added 3 more of these awls to the tools available page as of 9/2/20.

To access that page follow this link. Tools Available

If you have any questions please contact me at

Saturday, August 15, 2020

New Tools Available Page

All Awls are sold. 

The awls featured in the last post sold quite quickly so I set about making another small batch of these tools in various woods. I also thought this might be a good time to create a page specifically for the tools that I have available for sale at any given time. Tools Available link.

When looking at group pictures of these tools I can't help thinking that they look a lot like lollipops in a candy store.  Such an array of color courtesy of Ma Nature and some judicious shaping and polishing.

I decided to see how an awl made from Desert Iron wood would be. There is a large variation of color in this material and this case it's a very earthy color of orange. I was instantly smitten.

As mentioned in the last post these awls have a feature that allows for removing the blade so as to re-grind, or sharpen if you may, the tip. These are furnished with the appropriate allen key and an extra set screw.

The Tools Available page is available at this link or from the page listing at the top of the main blog page.


Monday, August 10, 2020

Awl Issue Resolved

I have more awls than any one person needs. That's because I have an issue with awls. When the tip of an awl becomes less than sharp it will skid and not hold locations as compared to a sharp tipped awl. This is especially a problem on end grain when marking centers in preparation for turning blanks. Because the blades are permanently fixed in those awls it's not an easy thing to regrind a perfectly symmetrical tip.

I guess if I really wanted I could fashion a jig to accomplish this task but as of late I've just made a new awl.

The obvious solution is to make an awl with a removable blade that is then easily chucked into a drill and spun against an abrasive to create a newly sharpened tip. This past week I've made a prototype of such an awl and have also made a small production run of removable blade awls.

Tools that have replaceable features can easily become clunky and awkward to look at so it was important to me to retain elegance while incorporating this feature. I'm quite satisfied with the result.

The only difference is a small 6-32 set screw recessed into the ferrule opposite the side with the "B" makers mark. In use your hand never knows it's there but when you need to sharpen the tip......well there you go.

Of course it will be necessary to supply these awls with an allen key and extra set screw. A 6-32 x 3/16" long set screw can go missing pretty quickly if dropped. Don't ask me how I know.

Once removed and sharpened one just aligns the small notch in the blade with the set screw hole, slides the blade all the into the top until it bottoms out, and then tightens the set screw and once again it's solid as a rock. The set screw has an extended tip that engages the slot and locks the blade.

The three awls that I have in this offer are Macassar Ebony on the left, 
Olivewood in the middle and resin infused curly maple on the right.

These awls are $78 each, plus $7 shipping and handling to anywhere in the lower 48 states. Basically $85.00 shipped.

If interested contact me via email at:

Saturday, August 1, 2020

It's Hot!!! (Chisels are Sold)

It's mid summer here and too hot to be outside much after mid morning these days. Luckily we're having afternoon thunderstorms and that cools things off in the evening. Makes for better porch sitting time in the evenings.

I've suspended outdoor projects for a while and have retreated into the shop to resume tool making.

I've recently completed another set of the diminutive Dove Tail chisels. This set features resin infused very curly maple handles. My friend and saw maker Ron Bontz is set up to do this infusing work and has a good bit of experience in the process. The maple turns much nicer after being infused and the figure is dazzling.

Sizes are 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 and 1/2".

I've used Presco 0-1 tool steel for the blades on this set. It's a very high quality tool steel. It's the same tool steel I've used and enjoyed for plane irons.

The edges have near zero land and the side bevels are 20 degrees. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer, stay cool and safe,