Sharpening a gouge

Sharpening my gouges is probably my least favorite part of carving and most likely because I am not practised enough to be confident of doing a great job. Fortunately I live close to my son (bidaweebushcraft) and he makes my knives and gouges. He makes the sharpening look so easy and does it in no time at all. While I can I intend to use and abuse him for my sharpening!

A plug for him – he does make knives and gouges to most specifications and does other knife work using damascus and exotic handle material too. As he is full-time employed it is a hobby for him and he is happy for commission work where time is not a constraint.

So this week I feature him doing another sharpening of one of my tools in a short video clip.


Sharpening your knives (part 1)

This past week I spent some time in the workshop of @bidaweebushcraft where he showed me his sharpening techniques. Bidaweebushcraft is my son and he can be found on Instagram as such. He is a professional Squash and Tennis coach but a skilled craftsman in many areas, but more especially knife and blade making. I am very fortunate to have these skills “on tap” so to speak.

In this post I will add a short video clip of him sharpening a flat blade knife that he made me. It is my main carving tool for all outside edges of any carving. I use it also for rapid removal of material. It is of the Scandinavian design and holds its edge really, really well. I guess it’s all in the tempering. On my tools page in this website, there are more technical descriptions of the blade. He does make custom blades and more recently damascus knives with exotic handles.

So without further ado – herewith the clip.


So a couple of things I want to mention. Firstly a piece of scrap leather can be used to hold the knife securely without damaging the handle. Secondly he uses a simple setup to secure the blade using a normal bench-mounted vice and then a quick release clamp in the vice. This allow fast repositioning of the knife to the best ergonomic setup suited to you. What goes without saying, is that the knife MUST be held securely and safely.

On a humourous note his wife was telling me later that she wondered why his forearm was shaved!

Finishing off with a couple of shots of the knife with some spoons I carved.