Mugs and Do•All tool

IMG_0063Last night, I put handles and stamped logo “plates” on a bunch of mugs. It took a lot longer than I had planned, but it was a lot of fun.

Before I could put handles on, I had to trim them, and this gave me a chance to try my new Mudtools “Do•All” tool. IMG_0066I’m a sucker for tools for shaping and trimming, so when I saw this one, I was helpless. I have another japanese-style trimming tool similar to this, but it’s mostly flat and square, with one rounded blade on one end. The Do•All is nothing but subtle curves. It looks very capable, almost trimming something before you pick it up. And do be careful, it is sharp. Once in your hand, it feels good. The body is rounded and fits well in all orientations.


One end has a square, yet curved blade, and the others a tapered, curved hook kinda thing. It’s hard to describe, but immediately looks useful. Both ends do really nice work. I was very pleased with the range of trimming and shaping this tool can do. All the sharpened edges are sharp but smooth, allowing a nice finish without any little hairlines, a problem I’ve had with other sharpened flat tools. I used the both ends to quickly trim the mugs. The clay was firm leather hard, and the tool ends worked quite nicely. I’m looking forward to using it on larger pieces that need more sculpting, like feet on big bowls. I think it would work well for that kind of work, too. I’m impressed with the initial experience and would not hesitate to recommend the Do•All.

Now, I’m back to throwing. I need another 18-24 mugs for a disc golf tournament on January 11th, so there’s not much time to complete them.

Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas, and whatever else might be appropriate to extend my best wishes to you for a happy and peaceful end of the year and start of a new one! Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, so the days start getting longer again, finally! Cheers!

4 thoughts on “Mugs and Do•All tool

  1. Joel, Thanks for all the posts this year they have been very informative. I think of you whenever we wedge on the table I made using your inputs. I also really enjoy seeing your work. I must say your enthusiasm about new products is contagious. I just ordered the Do-All tool as well as some other other items from Mudtools as Christmas gifts for my wife. I love that the community of potters is one of sharing ideas that enables us to enjoy our successes and learn from our failures. Thank you again for the Barley Hollow posts and your unselfish approach to community involvement and in sharing your thoughts. I wish you the very best for Christmas and the holidays. Richard

  2. Thanks for the kind words Richard. I’m glad you’re enjoying the site. I’ll be interested in hearing what you think of the Do•All.

    Connie, if you try one, I’d be interested in your thoughts, too.

  3. I never got back to you on the Do-All tool from Mudtools. We love using it. The design is very well thought out. We use it for trimming just about everything. It removes material quickly and almost effortlessly. It is now a permanent tool in our studio. At the same time I also purchased the Drag Tool which is an excellent tool for creating fluted surfaces on green ware. I would recommend both tools to anyone. Mudtools makes great quality products. Thank you again for your recommendation on the Do-All tool. Richard

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