Tools


Palimpsest woodworking tools are antique blades reworked with new handles. 100-year-old blades were charcoal forged and contain a higher carbon content than modern coke-forged blades. Characteristic pitting indicates high carbon content for hardest steel and sharpest edge. These blades are found at flea markets and antique shops in rusty or dilapidated condition, cleaned up, reground, and mounted on new tropical hardwood handles with bulb end and thumb bead for ergonomic comfort. These specialized modelmaking tools are not available in any store.


5/8ths chisel "W. Butcher cast steel" and half-inch six-sweep no-name gouge with ebony handles and brass ferrules.


5/8ths and quarter-inch chisels "W. Butcher cast steel" and 3/8ths-inch eight-sweep no-name gouge with bubinga handles and copper ferrules.


1-inch socket gouge "Charles Buck" with ebony handle.


1 3/4" samurai laminated steel hand-forged paring chisel by Muht-Syr Yee with pearwood handle by Flaming Fish.


1 3/4" samurai laminated steel hand-forged paring chisel by Muht-Syr Yee with pearwood handle by Flaming Fish, bevel side.


4" grader blade gouge slick hand-forged by Muht-Syr Yee. Ash oarloom handle by Flaming Fish. This tool is used for the first cut into raw logs.


4" grader blade gouge slick hand-forged by Muht-Syr Yee. Bevel side highlight.


2 1/2" axehandle chisel. This tool was made for overhead cutting the mortise into the stem of Annie McGee.


1/8" and 3/16" bent blade gouges with ebony handles and cartridge casing brass ferrules.


5/8" fishtail gouge "Harvey" with tulip wood handle by Flaming Fish.


5/8" fishtail gouge bevel side.


Three Spar Tools for shaping miniature masts and spars.


1/2" rosewood spar foreplane with ebony cap and knurled brass screw.


3/8" tulip wood spar foreplane with ebony wedge.


1/4" and 3/8" double spar spokeshave. Rosewood handle with ebony cap and knurled brass screw.


1/4" and 3/8" double spar spokeshave. Rosewood handle with ebony cap and knurled brass screw.


3/8" model rabbet plane. Rosewood body, ebony cap, knurled brass screw, starboard side.


3/8" model rabbet plane, port side.


1" model rabbet plane, rosewood body, ebony cap, knurled brass screw.


3/4" pocket jack plane, black locust body, ebony cap, knurled brass screw, blade by Tom Lie-Nielson


1 1/2" model smooth plane, unknown hardwood body, ebony cap, knurled brass screw.


1 1/2" model smooth plane, top view.