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Posted on Need some advice please

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#1 posted 12-18-2009 12:31 AM

I took a beginners woodcarving class last spring from a longtime carving teacher. We carved a relief carving into basswood and a woodspirit in cootnwood bark. It was enjoyable and not as easy as it looks. His recommendation on tools was Flexcut, reasonably priced and held an edge as well as the more expensive. He said to get four or five of the basics to learn with. Get individual chisels, not the sets with one handle and multiple tools. The size carvings dictates somewhat the size width of chisels you want to buy. The two basic chisels we used the most were gouges and V- parting. The gouges have a round cutting shape measured in sweep, #9 is a small radius and #7 would be a wider radius. So you might get a 1/2” #7 and a 3/8” #9. A 1/4” V- parting chisel, to get in tight spots maybe a smaller one. We did all the outlining on the pencil lines with a X-acto knife shaped like a pen. The flexcut tools are small palm sized tools.

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