Time for a Shave?


Hans Karlsson Scorp (or inshave) — photo from the Dictum website.

A few days ago Chris Schwarz shared a post on the Lost Art Press blog about an old Estonian scorp used for general hollowing tasks.  Check out the post here.  Coincidentally, I had just stumbled upon the existence of this scorp (left) made by Hans Karlsson.

I may have to explore the use of scorps, shaves, inshaves — whatever term one prefers — in bowl work.  I have messed around just a little with a chairmakers inshave on large bowls; same with a travisher. Beth Moen had a very cool little bowl shave with her, but I didn’t get the chance to try it out or see her use it.

For certain designs of bowls, these shaves could be a good transtitional tool following the adze work, and in some circumstances, possibly the finishing tool.  For now, I just thought I’d direct attention to the similarity between the Hans Karlsson tool and the Estonian shave.  I’m looking forward to reading Woodworking in Estonia when it ships next month.

And in case one is interested, the HK scorp may be available elsewhere too, but here is the link to Woodsmith and Dictum.


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6 Responses to Time for a Shave?

  1. Rudy says:

    I’ve seen several of them on ebay as well, not a bad tool especially for chairmakers.
    In fact I tried it out at Dictum and was pleasantly surprised (except for the price tag).

    You may be interested in the large Pfeil scorp too, nearly as big as the HK but a lot cheaper:


    I worked on a bowl with the Pfeil scorp at Dictum and it performed very well!

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  2. Martin Böttcher says:

    Did you receive and use the Scorp?


  3. Dave Fisher says:

    No, I never got around to buying one, Martin. So I still have not tried one myself.



    How do you hold and use the HansKarlsson scorp?


  5. Dave Fisher says:

    I believe the grip would be two-handed with the thumbs riding on top of the two sides of the handle and the fingers curling a bit beneath.


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