But which tools are the right ones now?
First of all, you should consider what kind of carving you want to do. Do you want it to be a shallow carving or do you want to carve deep into the wood? Then you can decide on the appropriate tools. For a shallow carving, for example, carving knives, stencils and gravers are suitable. Deep carving, on the other hand, requires a slightly different approach. Chisels and planes are usually suitable for this. With these woodcarving tools, you can carve deep into the wood and create larger shapes. Of course, there are many other tools for wood carving. However, these usually have specialized functions and are therefore only used by more advanced carvers. Once you are comfortable with the basics of carving, you can also use these special tools to create even more detailed carvings.
Indispensable tools for carving
The tool is at least as important as the wood from which you carve. But which tool is best for which purpose?
There are types of cutting tools that can be used to carve a wide variety of shapes and details from the wood. The imprint of the cutting edge in the wood is called a stitch. Carving knives or woodcutting tools are distinguished by their shape
- The flat stitch of a ball iron is ideal for carving curves - often ground on both sides.
- The flat iron is a slightly hollowed stitch and for carving surfaces and modeling light curves. The tool is made of high quality steel and offers durability.
- The gouge is an iron tool used for chiseling recesses and soft, wavy contours. It consists of a long, thin iron rod with a conical tip.
- The goad needle is ideal for the sewing circle to sew small details such as sharp edges and contours. The v-shaped tip of the needle allows you to make precise stitches.
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