Interested in wood carving, but don’t know where to start?
Can’t find any helpful articles that give detailed and thorough explanations to all of your questions?
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This article will be a guide to all the information you will need right here in Best Wood Carving Tools website.
Most of us have varying stories on how we got began, but the important thing is that everyone here has the desire to learn and create.
So now you’re asking: How do I get started?
Find out what carving style you are most interested in.
Most people start off with Whittling, a.k.a. hand carving, which is meant for carving shapes, figures, and utensils.
A great example of whittling is this picture to the right of a necklace book pendant which we made a how to tutorial on carving it.
Another wood carving style is called Chip Carving. This technique is used to create symmetrical and geometrical designs in wood planks by literally chipping out material from the lumber.
- Check out our >>Chip Carving: Top Leading Online Handbook<<
- Also >>Comprehensive Guide To Relief Carving
Acquire the right knives.
This is where most people make mistakes. They’ll go purchase a wood carvers kit at a big brand named store but their tools are cheaply made and designed so they don’t last long which results frustration then they stop the craft all together.
Purchasing the right knives for a certain style is imperative, not all tools work for each style. >>Best Whittling Knives
Here are the best wood chisels for relief carving style.
Or if you need heavy duty tools, check out our best hand saw top picks!
- Don’t buy from big named stores. This means don’t go to Hobby Lobby, Lowe’s, Walmart, etc. Either buy tools online or from a store that specializes in making carving knives. Find out our top recommendations for wood carving knives from number 4 above to be sure you have the right tools. There’s also a table included in this article to look through, but unless you know which each one is for, I would suggest looking through our articles listed above.
WoodI always felt like the best wood to begin with is the one in your hand. Lately, I feel like this is mainly true for those who are familiar with multiple types of woods. This goes without saying to be careful what type of lumber you begin with, the harder it is the more experienced the carver should be.
I always suggest basswood to anyone who hasn’t had any experience carving other types of wood. It is the best wood to begin with while learning new techniques and carving styles.
Basswood is rather forgiving to those who don’t completely know what they’re doing. Since it is a softwood, it is very easy to cut material of wood from it while not straining your tools too much.
If you were to use hardwood, you would notice right away how much more difficult it is to cut. Not only this but you will need to sharpen your equipment much more frequently as well.