Tools For Working Wood

A Couple of New Tools for Working Wood

A spoon and bowl carving scorp and a wood splitting drawknife are both designed to put the ‘work’ back in woodworking. The first of these new items from Brooklyn-based Tools For Working Wood is a Spoon Carver’s Scorp (item MS-SCSCORP, $108.95) that was designed by famed British hand tool woodworker Ray Iles. TFWW is the exclusive U.S. importer of Iles’ products. Scorps, also known as in-shaves, are traditional hand tools that are made for hollowing work in barrel cooping and chairmaking. The company has carried Ray Iles’ standard size scorp for many years, so it is delighted to introduce this smaller version that is designed to rapidly hollow out the inside of a larger spoon or a small shallow dish. The scorp has a blade that is bent into a 3” diameter half circle. Made of 01 high carbon tool steel, the blade (approximately 4-1/2” x 7/8”) is fitted, without ferrules, into a pair of 4-1/2” long oval profile, air-dried beech handles. The shape of the handles makes them a comfortable fit and the lack of ferrules means that they will not scratch the work. The scorp is designed to be used with two hands, in a vertical position and both pulling toward and pushing away from the user. It works best when used across the grain with the work firmly held, preferably in a vice or a bench holdfast. Made in England, it comes ground, but needs a final honing with a small slipstone or fine diamond file for best performance. The shipping weight is 1.13 lbs., it’s in stock, and TFWW offers free returns for six months.

The other new tool is a MoraKniv wood splitter drawknife (item MK-220, $44.99) that is made in Sweden. This versatile knife is great for stripping bark off green and dry wood, cutting large chunks of wood into smaller pieces of kindling, tillering a bow, and rounding wooden spars. The two-handled knife feels great in your hands and features a double-beveled stainless-steel blade that arrives sharp and stays sharp through many, many tasks. The blade is 0.1″ (0.25 cm) thick and 4.5″ (11.4 cm) long. With the handles, the tool is 14.4″ (36.6 cm) long and weighs 5.4 oz. It has lightly oiled birch handles and comes with a thin clear plastic cover over the blade. Discoloring and tarnishing of the blade is a normal part of the tempering process and does not affect the performance of the knife.