There are many different wood carving tools out there for different applications. As we see more and more intricate designs and large sculptures, there are more and more creative ways being thought of to create these subjects. From big to small, this article will talk about the different tools, how they are used for carving wood and how to choose the correct tool for the job.
From chainsaws to wood printing tools
For larger sculptures, chainsaws are used. Many famous artists have created beautiful sculptures by first ‘knocking’ (or cutting) them out with a small chainsaw. Aside from this high powered, large formatted end, there is also the mid and smaller end of the scale. In the middle, we can see furniture makers with their wood lathes and woodturning chisels. Down the smaller end are, the smaller arts and crafts or hand chisels which can be the size of a small pen. Whatever the application, there seems to be a tool that will carve, cut, or gouge any size of wood.
Where and how to purchase
Purchasing wood carving tools can be rather easy, or rather difficult depending on the application. The standard hardware store should have chisels and tools for regular applications and use with such machinery as the wood lathe. However, when it comes to smaller, more specialized tools such as those needed for intricate wood printing, one may have to locate a specialized art store or try online.
Remember these wood carving tools come in a range of different sizes and shapes, so be sure to know what usages you will have, before deciding to splash out on the most expensive wood chisel on the shelf. Often, most wood chisels used in the construction industry are categorized in inches. So be sure to check up on the conversion between metric and imperial numbers to avoid confusion in what you need to obtain.
Wood carving techniques
Wood carving can be hard at first. The carving process requires control, patience, and attention to detail. Do not be put off if you do not get it right the first time, as it takes time to get used to carving properly and with accuracy. There are many tutorials available on the internet, but the best way to learn would be to ask someone who has done it before. The more time someone has had a carving, the better their knowledge and control are.
Remember always to practice good safety precautions when wood carving. Having the right job for the tool is crucial for achieving your desired results. When the right tool is combined with the right person, the possibilities are endless.