What Are Some Woodcarving Tools and Techniques for Beginners?

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Some woodcarving tools for beginners include chip carving knives, gouges and chisels, and techniques include cutting along the grain and sketching out wood cuts. Another beginner technique is learning how to correctly use a wood carving knife.

A chip carving knife is a basic tool for wood carving that every beginner must have. This tool has a blade that is about an inch and a half long and a handle for comfort. A decent chip carving knife costs about $20, as of 2015, but the better ones are around $50. Gouges, which scoop out wood, are also necessary tools of the trade, and they come in different sizes and shapes. Chisels are also good to have, as they help to chip off pieces of wood for carving.

One of the most important techniques for beginners to learn before carving wood is to always cut along the grain. It is also important to sketch out a design before beginning. This is not a project to rush on; instead, it is best for those learning to carve wood to take it slow and understand that mistakes happen.

Perhaps the most important technique for a beginner in wood carving is to know how to use the wood carving knife. Not only is handling this tool important for a project, but it is also important for safety.