Roly Munroe

Hollowing System






Ike (Isaac Curran) is now displaying work in The Coastal Design Gallery in Campbeltown Jane & Grant Logan have a well appointed gallery, Grant designs and makes stunning jewellery . I have now created a photo page on "photobucket" its a lot easier for me to upload pictures directly to the albums and that way folk can see what we are making.  You can visit my page click here: IKE CURRAN PICTURES


Craft Fair News


I am very sorry to announce that due to ongoing ill health Isaac cannot organise and run the botanic Gardens Craft fair, all dates are cancelled.  Isaac had a procedure on his spine early in February and has just been discharged from hospital with ongoing heart decease problems (29 February 2016).  Isaac and myself are truly sad that this has had to be cancelled.
















I purchased this tool the middle of 2009 and it cost an excruciating £180 from axminster, it was in a moment of total madness but I have it in the workshop.


I have had to do some pretty hefty hollowing recently so I put down the "Woodcut Hollowing Tools" and picked up the Roly.


My first thought was that it is VERY light weight and did not have a robust feel about it, which is just not true when using it.







The handle  is 50 cm long and the bar including tool carrier is 48 cm.

I like the big knob which can be switched from one side to the other, although I'm not sure of the advantage of this when you can just twist the whole thing around.  The big round knob certainly gives you purchase when using the tool, the handle is a nice size and a good feel in the hand, the coating is like a textured rubber compound and this stops it slipping around in your hand.

Depth of cut adjustment if simple, its just a case of loosening the blade cover with the Alan key and sliding it forward or back.














I tried it in use with dry and wet wood, the wet wood was a dream to cut, as you would expect, the dry wood did suffer from some clogging but overall I found it a great tool with fast clearance of waste wood.

Sharpening is easy either in tool or in the little blade holder you can buy, its a case of stroking with a diamond file and that's it, because its a round blade (see above) you can just rotate the edge and give yourself a sharp profile to use.


The shear scraper attachment, is easy to put on and the angle its set at assists in getting the correct angle for scrapping, I found this again, easy to use and effective.

The real test came however when one of the newer guys, Tam, wanted to hollow a medium sized hollow form, I tried him out with the "Kelton Hollower" , my normal choice for newer users and also gave him a shot with the "woodcut system".  The wood he was hollowing at the time was some VERY dry Laburnum and he was having some difficulty with it.  I passed Tam the Roly Munroe tool and told him to give it a shot (I had set up the depth and angle of cut for him).  The hollowing proceeded at a much better pace and Tams opinion is that the Roly tool was the easiest to use and when he could put the money together it would be at the top of his wish list.


I think that the above speaks for itself, it is an easy tool to use, its comfortable and fast, I am not so sure about the price tag but its a great tool