For the past six months I have been developing an adze with Pete Galbert. The intent has been to make a tool that is intuitive to use, easy to control, and doesn't wear out your forearm. My shop has been overflowing with prototypes and woodchips throughout the process. Above is but a selection of the prototypes (sans blades). I am sure that Pete could contribute at least another half dozen to my pile.
I've made bevel-in blades and bevel-out blades, tools balanced with the weight forward of the handle, centered on the handle, and behind the handle, straight handles and extremely curvaceous handles, and I've attached them to the heads at every angle that I could imagine. I'm pleased to say that we have settled on a geometry and design and I will have two to take with me to Woodworking in America later this week.
More details about the adze soon, just a couple of teasers for now. I'm thrilled with the looks and performance and I can't wait to get them into other peoples hands. So if you are going to be at WIA, PLEASE come by and chop up some pine with one of them. Chips will be flying and we will be making a mess, join in the fun. I'll be setting up with Pete, Claire Minihan (amazing travishers!), and Caleb James, who I think is bringing some of his planes along. Stop by to try out some tools and talk chairs and chairmaking. Oh man! And to check out the new Drawsharp drawknife sharpener. I've been using an early prototype for the past few months and I love it. I've been oogle-ing the pictures that Jameel Abraham posted on the Benchcrafted blog for the past week or so in spare moments. I can't wait to see the finished tool.
Also for the first time ever I will have reamers available for purchase with no wait. So stop by and try one out as well.