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#1 posted 08-19-2013 01:59 PM

1. Ask around. See if you can find a local wood carving club. Sometimes those clubs have a very narrow focus on one style of carving over any of the others. Such as cottonwoodbark wood spirits, Santas, etc.
If that isn’t what you want to do, keep looking.
2. Any sort of “craft market” near you? If so, contact the carver of the works that you like. The market may even support advertising for carving courses.
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With wood carving gouges, you get what you pay for. And the good stuff (Pfeil) runs $25 – $50 each. Even so, a “carving sharp edge” doesn’t last more than 30 minutes even in softer woods. Like it or not, learning to sharpen & hone tools is a must. And that means sharpening supplies and another learning curve.

True, you could work with a few gouges just to see what the marks in wood look like (is that really carving wood or crap?) Otherwise, if you launched into a 5” x 7” relief carving, you get something done and learn the effectiveness of the different edge shapes at the same time. . . . including the value of a carver’s stop chisel.

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