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Old 09-17-2017, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm still fairly new to this site but I noticed a lot of questions about the Skew chisel and how to use it. I have been trying to master the Skew my self. I came across this very informative video on the skew. I have watched several others and they all only really talk about plan cut. This video shows several different cuts and discusses the reason and process behind each cut. It's long but I feel worth it the watch.

https://youtu.be/KfeLAHQSbqk
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I've watched that video twice in the past, it's a great one for learning the skew. Brian Havens also has a few videos, each on a specific cut, that are very good as well.
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I need to follow this thread to hopefully gain material to help me improve my use of the skew.
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I must have watched this 3 or 4 times and it continues to teach me something knew each time. There are many other excellent (and free) videos out there; I find this to be one of the most comprehensive.
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John Lucas has some good youtube videos on turning, including the skew. The skew is great when mastered as it can do a lot of things. I was at the Georgia Association of Woodturners this past weekend. I even saw one master turner use the skew as a roughing gouge!!!
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i just started to get serious wth the skew after a lot of nasty episodes.I have learned 2 things after watching 50 Youtube videos that they do not mentioned to much of .Scary sharp and a slow light touch.It seems like a lot of these videos are trying to show how good they are with the dreaded skew.Now that is just my opinion
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Ed Brown (ed4copies) has a bunch of videos on his channel... Many of them he uses a skew and does things from a "real person" view, not showing off skills. I suggest checking some of them out!

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The skew is the MOST important turning tool for penmakers . Scary sharp is important since the tool slices the materials rather then tearing out chunks . and a soft light touch is important again so your slicing out ribbons rather then ripping out chunks . ed4copies has an a fantastic video on how to use a skew , hopefully he or someone can put a link as I have no links on this computer.
The only way to LEARN anything is to just DO IT ! All the tutorials in the world cant teach you how to do something just by watching them . You have to feel the tool in your hand feel wood being sliced off and it does have a certain feeling . This feeling is something that you learn by doing .
Learn how to sharpen your skew . Once sharpened a light touch with a diamond file can keep it scary sharp (for those who don't know "scary sharp" is so sharp you can cut yourself by looking at it !) this isnt hard to do it just takes practice not 500 tutorials on how to do it . Tutorials can only show you how to do something the presenter can do well you have to take that knowledge and make it yours .
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ed4copies has an a fantastic video on how to use a skew , hopefully he or someone can put a link as I have no links on this computer.
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Maybe this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03XHvMwsdtM
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Thank you Mark thats the one . It's short , shows you how to hold the tool and present the tool to the work , thats ALL you need to learn how to use a skew but you need to take this knowledge and put it to work . PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE !!! Get a box of cheap blanks and turn them round . I have a large box of plain maple round blanks and the ability to turn them that way without needing any sanding just from watching that video and lots of practice .
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