Adding wood carved details to your woodworking project is an excellent way to express your creativity. This can be done with just a few basic wood carving tools. You can learn how to make one-of-a-kind project with a minimal amount of practice. If you are looking for a constructive way to relax, try gouging and carving a small piece of wood into your own distinctive design. First, collect a few hand carving tools: at least one size of a chisel, a carving knife, a v-edge chisel, a spoon gouge to form curves, a mallet and a sharpening stone to keep your tools performing at their best. These few basic hand carving tools will be a start and let you get a feel for the multitude of different designs and shapes before you move up to buying electric tools like chop saws capable of handling the larger projects.
The most important consideration when using wood carving tools is to be sure that they are extremely sharp. This permits the tools to perform like they are designed to and also improves safety of use to prevent injuries. There are several types of sharpening stones on the market, but a ceramic stone is the best because it is small and does not need a lubricant. For proper tool storage, don’t let the edges of the tools touch each other or any other type of metal; this will prevent chipping which can reduce their useful life. A safe way to store tools is to roll each one individually in soft leather or a cloth. Another way is to place them on magnetic tool storage strips; this keeps the tools safe from damage and easily accessible for use. Tools are available in a wide range of prices, but you should invest in the highest quality tools that your budget can afford. Higher quality tools are more durable and will last much longer in addition to doing a better job.
Practice with the various chisels and gouges to become familiar with each tool and their purpose to find the best tool to do the design your want. You can purchase each basic wood tool separately or in a set. With practice and experimentation, you can create more attractive design and you will find a relaxing way to express your creativity.