Discover the fascinating art of wood carving with Pfeil's high-quality carving tools and sculpting tools. As a leading manufacturer of carving tools, Pfeil stands for first-class quality and decades of experience. Whether beginner, hobby carver or experienced wood artist - with the tools made of Swiss special steel, the most diverse wood sculptures can be created. In our extensive assortment you will find the right tool for every carving technique and every requirement. Information on the individual carving tools can be found in the respective category. If you have any questions, we will be happy to advise you by phone. Read more...
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Wood carving - An OLD ART
Carving is one of the oldest methods of decorating wood - so old that no one knows exactly when the first carvings were made. However, it probably began during the Stone Age. Wood is a grateful material that can be easily worked with a carving knife. In earlier times, wood was often inexpensive and abundant, which is why wood carving was a popular folk art practiced not only by specialized craftsmen, but also by farmers during the winter months. However, wood carving is also a high-quality craft that has produced many impressive works of art over the centuries. Magnificent Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque altars are mostly carvings. In addition, wood carvings are widely used in traditional crafts in Europe, from children's toys to statues of saints.
HOBBY CLOSE TO NATURE
Wood carving is still a wonderful hobby today for those looking for a close-to-nature, down-to-earth activity. It doesn't have to be a traditional saint figurine or something similar - abstract works of art, toys or kitchen utensils can be carved from wood just as easily. The good thing is that neither elaborate tools nor expensive materials are required for this, and you don't necessarily need a specially equipped workshop. Nevertheless, it is important to use the right tools right from the start. Although you can basically do your first carving with a pocket knife, you won't get far with it.
CARVING IRONS AND CARVING KNIVES
Carving irons, similar to chisels, are wielded with a light hammer, a tapping wood or mallet, and are the basic tool. It is advisable to have at least three to four different sizes and widths of carving irons on hand. There are flat irons for straight cuts and curved hollow irons that allow carving of hollow forms and are essential for more complex shapes. Carving knives that are guided without a mallet are suitable for finer work. Since carving tools need regular resharpening, a whetstone or abrasive leather and polishing compound are also part of the basic equipment. A woodcarver's trestle is an indispensable support, as it holds the workpiece and protects it from damage. The trestle stands sturdily on the floor and prevents injury from the carving tool slipping.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT WOOD
In principle, any wood can be carved, but not all types of wood are equally well suited for this purpose. Carving wood should be fine grained and not too hard to allow for fine and detailed shapes. A classic for carving is basswood, which meets these requirements perfectly and is quite soft, making it easy to work with. However, there are many other hardwoods and softwoods that are suitable for carving, such as maple, birch, sycamore, oak, larch, yew, elm, poplar and even olive. Note, however, that hard wood species such as oak or olive are more difficult to work with and may be less suitable for beginners. Spruce wood is often too knotty. Regardless of the species, carving wood should be well dried to avoid cracking. Fresh wood directly from the forest is therefore not optimal, it is better to buy specially seasoned carving wood.
The Pfeil family business - quality and passion for wood carving
As a leading manufacturer of carving tools, the Swiss family-owned company Pfeil combines the latest technologies with proven methods. Their range of quality tools is manufactured and continuously developed in their workshop in Langenthal. Pfeil places great importance on ensuring that you continue to enjoy working with wood with passion and pleasure. Pfeil was founded in 1902 as a cutlery company and began manufacturing carving tools in 1942. The high quality of their tools quickly led to great popularity among professional and amateur carvers as well as schools at home and abroad.
Pfeil also attaches great importance to the sustainable use of resources. They optimize their manufacturing processes through the careful and effective use of water, air and energy, as well as investing in equipment to treat grinding water and recycle grinding and punching waste. All wood waste is used to generate heat. With this ecological approach, Pfeil confirms the trust of their worldwide customers in quality, ecology and sustainability.
Trust in the long experience and high quality of Pfeil's carving tools. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of wood carving and discover the variety of possibilities open to you with the tools from Pfeil. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced wood artist, with the right tools you can bring your creative ideas to life in wood and realize impressive carving projects.