When working on a carving project and using my V-gouge to make light cuts, I like to hold the gouge like a pencil and push it through the wood with my fingertips. To make the tool more comfortable to hold when making this type of cut, I find it helpful to wrap heavy string around part of the shaft of the blade. I learned this trick while visiting some woodcarvers in Switzerland and it really works.
– Rick Butz
Blue Mountain Lake, NY