Techniques for Beginners

Gouge Sharpening Exercise

Gouge Sharpening Exercise

Use wood molding to practice sharpening techniques, before you work on your tools by Andre Breau   For beginners, sharpening a carving tool usually means one of two things: taking the tool to a professional to sharpen, or risking the expensive tool practicing their sharpening technique. The National Woodcarving School […]

by September 20, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop

A carver needs more than sharp tools; a workspace, bench, and lighting are equally important by Chris Pye   Carving, just like everything else, happens in a context. In other words, there are prior and surrounding circumstances that directly affect what you are doing. Indeed, they affect what you can […]

by September 13, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
The Basics of Sharpening

The Basics of Sharpening

Properly prepare your knife for safe and enjoyable whittling by Bob Duncan   Although it may seem contradictory, a sharp knife is a safe knife. When a knife is dull, or not shaped properly, it requires more force to push the blade through the wood. The more force required to make […]