After getting back from the Coyote wood shop with the new planks, and letting them acclimate for a while I thought I’d get acquainted… Well, I also thought I’d get my wisdom teeth removed, and then recover in time for a major crap storm at work, and then I thought I’d get some carving done.
Anyway, I also had a new V chisel to try out that I picked up at the Lie Nielson event. They are selling the new Auriou carving chisels designed in partnership with Chris Pye. I didn’t intend to buy one, but after picking it up and feeling how good it felt… well I just had to.
After rough planing, and ripping a small chunk of Alder to two 1/2″ planks I decided I would revisit a carving pattern I had used before. It is mostly V-tool work, so it was a good introduction to the tool.
The chisel feels good in the hand, but the heel is a lot lower angled so I have to get used to a new grip and posture with the tool. It went in deep at the angle I was used to with my Pfiel “Swiss Made” chisel. It also needed a quick sharpening on the Translucent Arkansas and strop. The top panel is the chisel right out of the box, the lower panel is after a quick pass on the stone and strop.
The alder is a bit light, and I want to try a different section of the board before I decide how much I like this wood. So far the jury is still out.
The chisel is a fine tool, and once I got used to it it was pretty nice to use.