Also known simply as a roughing gouge. Recommended for the initial turning of uneven or square spindle stock to round. The shape of the spindle roughing gouge enables the tool to cut safely with the wings (the tips of the side walls) well back from the workpiece. Not designed for use on bowl grain projects.
As the name of these woodturing tools suggests, Robert Sorby's swivel tip probes make an ideal tool choice for accessing and turning out those small apertures and restricted openings commonly associated with the turning of vases and deep vessels.
Three variations of probe offer the woodturner differing reach and access opportunities. The largest model (8803H) offers the additional advantage of having an articulated head to improve access when hollowing-out even the most demanding woodturning projects.
Each of the three sizes offers a different combination of cutting tip suitable for a range of turning tasks; making these tools ideal for the rapid removal of stock, general profiling, shaping and even fine finishing work on side and end grain.
There are hundreds of carving tool sweeps and shapes to choose from. Robert Sorby manufactures 24 of the most universally used standard tools, 12 micro or palm-held tools and six larger sculpturing tools. When Robert Sorby reintroduced carving tools in 1993, we reappraised tool style and revised conventional thinking:
Selecting special Sheffield alloy steel unique to Robert Sorby
Creating perfect balance to counter new blade design
Employing stringent heat treatment to ensure the finest edge retention
Providing a polished, razor sharp factory finish
Created for the sculptors who work in wood. These tools feature the most widely used profiles for working large sections of timber. Massively proportioned yet beautifully balanced, to handle heavy duty cuts as required.
All tools are fitted with heavy duty double hooped handles and shock absorbing leather washers. Overall length of each tool is 13 inches.