"Anyone can make woodturning chisels by following these instructions. In doing so, you are not trying to approximate a standard factory-made chisel. Instead you are creating a 'hard tip' tool. In many ways, this is better than a factory chisel. The cutting edge is extremely hard and durable, while the shank is tough and strong. A gouge made with a short flute is much more rigid than one with the flute running the whole length..."