The time it takes you to carve a project with a wood carving knife you could have already completed 5 more projects with a power carving rotary tool, and with comparatively minimal effort. However, just like with hand carving tools, you’ll need to learn how to use your new equipment and recognize which is the best rotary tool for wood carving that works for any situation.
Top pick: best rotary tool for carving wood
The 3000 Dremel model handles detailed and heavy craft work easily without losing its ability to do bulk work.
If you are a beginner or are just curious to see how you like rotary tools for carving wood, I recommend the WEN 2305 since it is the lowest priced option available. Without committing to an investment like the other options, the WEN 2305 carves wood well and even more so with the flex shaft attachment and will provide a better understanding of what to expect from a rotary tool if you haven’t already used one. You are sacrificing minor comforts and precision that the Dremel 3000 provides, but for a fraction of the price it’s a steal.
Budget pick: Most inexpensive best rotary tool
Top pick for anyone on a budget for something reliable and simple to use. Comes with flex shaft for precision.