I have been hand-carving hunting bows (ie: simple selfbows, straight backed bows, steamed static recurve tips, etc) for a couple years. I used to do all of my carving with a set of nice drawknives and push knives. I've moved into a new place where I no longer have a set of vises to hold my timber so that I can rapidly do a rough carving with the draw knives. I am sadly reduced to whittling on my tiny sundeck, and there are no coop/public shops where I can get bench space in this neighborhood.
What tools would be recommended for the following:
- Rapidly shaving down a wooden stave to a bow shape
- Fine removal of tiny amounts of wood during the tillering process
The only knife that holds up against these oak, osage, and especially hickory boards, is my USMC utility/combat knife. I've bought a few nice whittling knives from Lee Valley Tools, and while they work nice, they don't seem strong enough to shave off large chunks without risking damage to the knife, especially the hickory, which seems to hold a blood grudge against keen edges. I'd like something more efficient than this big knife though.
Another important factor is the ability to create a flat, consistent cut/scrape. This was very easy using the draw blades or a jack plane, but much harder with just a big knife. This is even harder now that I have to hold onto the wood rather than clamp it down in a vise or with some C-clamps.
Also, for the fine removal parts, I'd need something with a very hard blade, especially when trimming around knots. I'm considering a cabinet scraper, but they seem to remove too little.