Don Quixote - Part 9 from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.
I think I asked my question about sharpening gouges incorrectly. What I had in mind was really how do you strop or hone them...I learned early on (using a cheap Ben Franklin set for practice) that I should never attempt to actually sharpen a gouge. I have tried going sideways, longways, buffing wheel...nothing seems to hone my gouges as sharp as they came from the factory. I too don't use them a lot, but would love to have the sharp for when I do.When you said that gouge was your fathers, it made me think that that is what started you carving, or at least in woodworking. My dad was a wonderful man, but he had zero mechanical aptitude..all we learned was from the neighbors dad's about wood and cars...but dad taught me a lot of other great things.Have to run to a Scout function so will watch part 2 of the hat later today, but t is certainly a interesting looking headgear...I never knew Don wore a barbers bowl...you learn the darnedest things on this blog.