David Ellsworth Pro PM Gouge archive
Friday 9 January 2009
Mark Baker is impressed with this new gouge
These gouges, originally designed by master turner David Ellsworth in conjunction with Crown Hand Tools were extremely well received when first introduced. Due to a rise in demand, Crown have recently introduced it in the the well-known Pro-PM (power metallurgy) range, sporting David's unique elliptical grind facility. The excellent new tool constructed from Pro-PM advanced particle steel allows the tool to have up to three times greater edge holding ability over the standard M2 HSS version. The tool also features a stylish 16in black ash handle which provides a useful method for differentiating it from its M2 cousin.
In useThe versatile tool, perfect for rough and finish shaping for inside and outside of hollow forms is available in 12mm (1/2in) size and comes complete with full instructions from David Ellsworth. Pro-PM tools are just as easy to sharpen as M2 and when honed with a diamond or ceramic slipstone, allow an excellent edge to be achieved.
VerdictDuring the short time in which I used the tool, I found it to perform faultlessly. The edge retention was very impressive and honing produced, as expected, a superb finish from the tool. I used the gouge on ash, yew, sycamore and maple and not once did I experience a hiccup in its performance.
The gouge is finely balanced and has to be one of the sleekest looking tools I have ever had the pleasure of using. I forgot to mention the nice gold signature which adds a real touch of class to this beautiful product. There are also many more Pro-PM tools available in the range, see below for details.