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    Anyone know about old lathe tools ?

    I'm on Vancouver Island visiting my son since he was evacuated from Fort McMurray. He is OK, but I've been met by his father-in-law who just bought a 45 year old Beaver Lathe and acquired a box of 45 year old lathe tools.

    These tools are not familiar to me at all. Several look like scrapers that have been tapered to a rounded end with an edge. So,I think they may be some kind of spindle tool with no flute, but I don't look forward to trying to use them. I'm wondering if I could grind a couple of them into proper scrapers . One of the tools, about 5/8 wide has a shallow flute and looks a bit like a 3/4 spindle gouge I bought at Penn State last month. One is definitely a detail gouge about 1/4" needing sharpening.

    I'll try to attach pictures tomorrow when we get back to his place. I suggested to him that he should pick up the economy tool set from Lee Valley. This is an island of small communities so he is unlikely to find a class. I think we have a couple of members on the island, so maybe someone could reach out.

    He would like me to show him something before I leave on Wednesday, He has a grinder, but I am a bit worried about turning anything with two scrapers and a couple of dodgy gouges. I don't want to disappoint, but I need to have something to tell him without dampening his enthusiasm.

    Pics tomorrow.

    Oh, we are in Duncan BC.
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    His tools but if he agrees grind them to a useful shape. Those old tools are often excellent quality steel. Go for it.
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    sounded a bit familiar roger. sounds like an older version of a hook tool.
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    Not quite that, Dan but I'd like to see those in use.I'll get some pics in today.
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    Sounds like what Penn State calls a Versa Chisel. From the top they look like a scraper, but they have a gouge-like bevel on the underneath side. They are designed for spindle work. They could be potentially dangerous if used for gouge-style cuts on faceplate work because of the relatively weak tang. I have one or two but never really liked them, since I could get the same results easier with other tools, and also because I don't do a lot of spindle work. Regrinding them into scrapers is a fair option.
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    Roger, Slight thread drift. I'm interested in your take on the small Vancouver Island communities. The TV show 'Alone' is filmed there and it looks ruggedly beautiful. Can one find a place to live there within range of civilization, yet still be away from things?

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    Ted I'll ask some people and PM you. The answer is yes, and it is one of the most beautiful parts of Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Roger, Slight thread drift. I'm interested in your take on the small Vancouver Island communities. The TV show 'Alone' is filmed there and it looks ruggedly beautiful. Can one find a place to live there within range of civilization, yet still be away from things?
    Yes but it'll cost you The island is premium real estate for the most part. I'm particularly fond of the Cowichan Valley area myself. For a camping experience of a lifetime though its hard to beat Tofino just on the edge of the season before the crowds really show up, we did that quite a few years ago and it was pretty magical (loml even allowed it might have been worth sleeping in a tent for ).
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    old lathe tool pics.

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    Now let's see what we've got.

    OK, now I will post this before I run screaming from the room.
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    First pic, two skews, a spear point tool and a parting tool.
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