Fishtail (tool)

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Three types of fishtail gouge on the left, compared with other gouge types

In woodworking, a fishtail (also fishtail gouge or fishtail spade gouge) is a type of chisel with a flared blade that resembles the tail of a fish.[1]

They are used for light wood finishing, lettering, skimming, and modeling.[2] They can be used to reach in tight places where a full-width gouge would not fit.[3]


  1. ^ Editors of Woodworker's Journal (2007). The Collins Complete Woodworker: A Detailed Guide to Design, Techniques, and Tools for the Beginner and Expert Harper Collins, ISBN 9780060825751
  2. ^ Bridgewater, Alan Bridgewater, Gill (1998). How to Use & Care for Woodwork Tools. Stackpole Books, ISBN 9780811727945
  3. ^ Bütz, Richard, Bütz, Ellen (1997). How to Sharpen Carving Tools: Woodcarving Step by Step With Rick Bütz. Stackpole Books, ISBN 9780811729963