CARTER AND SON TOOLWORKS

The last bowl gouge you'll ever need.

  • Traditional Bowl Gouges
  • Why Carter & Son Toolworks?
  • Parabolic Bowl Gouges
  • How to Choose a Bowl Gouge

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  • Our most popular bowl gouge, 5/8" is a versatile size for a wide range of bowl shapes and sizes
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 5/8" dia. x 13" overall, flute measures 9-3/4"
  • Fingernail grind, 50º angle
  • Our most popular bowl gouge, 5/8" is a versatile size for a wide range of bowl shapes and sizes
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 5/8" dia. x 13" overall, flute measures 9-3/4"
  • Fingernail grind, 50º angle

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  • A uniquely powerful gouge, capable of both rough shaping and smooth finishing cuts
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 3/4" dia. x 13" overall, flute measures 9-3/4"
  • Fingernail grind, 50º angle
  • A uniquely powerful gouge, capable of both rough shaping and smooth finishing cuts
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 3/4" dia. x 13" overall, flute measures 9-3/4"
  • Fingernail grind, 50º angle

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  • Also referred to as a 'bottom feeder', the optimal tool for finishing the bottom of a bowl
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 5/8" dia. x 13" overall, flute measures 9-3/4"
  • Fingernail grind, 60º angle

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  • Don't less size mislead you, our 1/2" bowl gouge is both strong and razor sharp
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 1/2" dia. x 11" overall, flute length 7-1/2"
  • Fingernail grind, 50º angle
  • Don't less size mislead you, our 1/2" bowl gouge is both strong and razor sharp
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 1/2" dia. x 11" overall, flute length 7-1/2"
  • Fingernail grind, 50º angle

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  • With a razor edge & fingernail grind, our 3/8" bowl gouge is built for detailed work
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 3/8" dia. x 10" overall, flute length 6"
  • Fingernail grind, 50º angle

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M42 HIGH SPEED STEEL

It’s no wonder M42 is favored across industries. M42’s red hardness is off the charts, meaning impressive wear resistance at your lathe. And M42’s unique composition produces a finer, sharper edge. Less time at the grinder - cleaner cuts at the lathe.

MANUFACTURING EXPERTISE

40 years of manufacturing expertise is the foundation of every tool.  

Fueled by meticulous designs (such as a round tang for enhanced stability and strength), attention to details (like our hand-polished flute), and pursuit of innovation (100% interchangeability), your tool's performance will exceed your expectations with every trip to the lathe.  

HANDLES & ADAPTERS

Experience comfort and control at your lathe. Aluminum is the perfect weight for a balanced, even feel. And our patented handle shape fits your hand.

Three sizes of aluminum adapters provide complete interchangability and easy removal for sharpening.

"Excellent balance & stability in all cuts..."

- Ben Leatham

"The balace of these quality tools makes turning easier."

- Swamp Yankee

"The tool feels great, the weight is perfect."

- Ed Nelson

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  • Equipped with swept-back wings, the shear shaper is designed to leave a smooth finish, and it certainly gets the job done
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 5/8" dia. x 13" overall
  • Designed by Mike Mahoney, 40º angle  

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  • The name says it all - this gouge is built for efficient removal of stock
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 3/4" dia. x 13" overall
  • Designed by Mike Mahoney, 40º angle

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  • Designed to expediently finish the bottom of a bowl
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 5/8" dia. x 13" overall
  • Designed by Mike Mahoney, 50º angle  

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  • The 1/2" cleaner is a nifty tool that is equal parts sharp and strong
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 1/2" dia. x 11" overall
  • Designed by Mike Mahoney, 40º angle  

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  • Equipped with a parabolic bowl gouge and a spindle gouge, the double barreled resolver is both handy and a treat to use
  • M42 provides superior wear resistance and edge sharpness
  • Blade measures 3/8" dia. x 12" overall  

Choosing the Gouge Size

While choosing the right bowl gouge size for your work isn't an exact science, here is a general guideline.

For small bowls with a diameter of 6" or less, we suggest a 1/2" or 3/8" bowl gouge.

Medium to large bowls with diameters of about 7" to 14", a 5/8" bowl gouge will be most efficient.

For sizable work with a diameter of 14" or larger, a powerful 3/4" bowl gouge is optimal.

Choosing  Traditional or Parabolic

When choosing between a traditional or parabolic flute shape, there really isn't a "wrong answer." While there are a few key differences between the two shapes, an equally important determining factor is personal preference and the shape you are most comfortable with. Our parabolic gouges are designed in partnership with production woodturner Mike Mahoney, who finds that a parabolic flute, which is slightly wider and appears more 'open' than the traditional flute, provides enhanced chip flow.

Do I need  'V' or 'U' Shape?

Our u-shaped bowl gouge, also known as a 'bottom-feeder', has a 'u' shaped flute and a 60º grind, while our 5/8" bowl gouge has a 'v' shaped flute and a 50º grind. A u-shaped bowl gouge is specifically designed for removing stock from the bottom of the bowl. Especially for deeper bowls, a u-shape bowl gouge ensures that the bottom of your bowl is finished with smooth, clean cuts. On the other hand, a traditional 'v' shaped bowl gouge is a versatile tool and can be used to turn your bowl from start to finish.