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Mauricio

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1590 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: carving chisel beginner

I’m looking to get into some basic relief carving. Will probably do small carving projects on boxes mostly.

I read an article in Fine Woodworking that recommends buying chisels individually, buy the best quality, and start out with a #5 20mm & #9 13mm gouge and an 8MM V parting tool.

Can anyone recommend a good brand for a hobbyist who wants good quality but maybe not the most expensive brand. Should I buy used on EBay or new?

Thanks,

MO

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch


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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1590 days ago

I am interested in the answers as well, since it is a skill I would like to acquire…..........so I will second the question.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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rustedknuckles

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#2 posted 1590 days ago

Follow the link, I started with item A.
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=31103&cat=1,130,43332,43333&ap=1

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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zwwizard

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#3 posted 1590 days ago

or check out the Flex-cut tools.
http://www.flexcut.com/
Or if you have a Woodcraft store close to you.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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Raspar

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#4 posted 1590 days ago

I as well am new to the carving world. I started out with a flexcut knife and 5 piece palm set from Rockler. I like the quality of these tools so far. The only thing I plan on add for now is a smaller detail knife. I should have bought the pair as would have been cheaper in the long run, but I wanted to see if I liked it. I got on sale from them and was under a $100 for a new hobby that I can do in the house and not have to heat the shop. Hope this helps…

http://www.rockler.com/CategoryView.cfm?Cat_ID=216

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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reggiek

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#5 posted 1590 days ago

I would recommend going to this site….and also giving them a call…..they sell a very nice beginners carving set….and you get free sharpening…..they are also a wealth of information and are generallly nice folks…

I just started carving myself and they were great at giving me good information….It is a husband and wife team (I really like the idea of personal service and from folks that don’t sell you a bunch of cheap garbage)....I got their information from the woodcarvers blog site…pretty much everyone there recommends them…

http://www.littleshavers.com/

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 1590 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the input but now I have more questions.

Dave, the lee valley set looks nice and a pretty good price. Why would I go with the palm-handled set vs. the long handled set? It seems like the long handles are better since you can hit them with a mallet. Also, these chisels seem pretty light duty but since I am going to be be doing small carvings this might be perfect.

Richard, I saw those flexcut tools online but I havent seen any reviews. If you say they are good I will take a look.

Reggiek, I checked out the little shavers site but it seems like they only sell palm handled sets. It seems like if I am doing relief carving i would be better off with straight handled chisels that I can use with a mallet. What do you think?

Thanks gain for everyones input.

MO

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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zwwizard

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#7 posted 1590 days ago

It just depends on that size of carvings you are going to do. for a carving say 8×10 inches, palm tools are fine, if you going to do 2 ft x 3 ft then go with the straight tools that you can use a mallet on. And don’t go with the cheapest ones, go with flex-cut or Swiss made(pfeil), or something similar. You don’t say where you at. There may be a club close to you. If so There mayl be members there to help you and many of them will have extra tools that there may let you borrow or sell to you. There is also a few on-line groups that will help you. You don’t need to buy a tool until you need it (but I bet you will, we are do).
I had a complet set of the Flex-cut palm tools but sold most of them when they came out with the Inter- changable blades. They are just easier to carry in a small box (plus I worked at Woodcraft at the time)
Hope this will help you somewhat.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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Mike_Henderson

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#8 posted 1590 days ago

My own preference is for full size carving tools. I don’t care for the flexcut tools. Most of my tools are Pfeil, although I have some Henry Teylor, Stubi, and Ashley Iles – and maybe some others I can’t think of now.

When you get to carving, I have some tutorials on my web site.

Mike

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zwwizard

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#9 posted 1590 days ago

I went threw your site , Mike. Wow your have been a busy Boy. Outstanding work. your carving tools sounds like mine. Some of this and some of that. The only tools that I bought that I don’t like are’ 2 cherry’s’ They just won’t stay sharp for me. Lately I have been making my own for my type of carving.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 1589 days ago

Thanks Mike, and thanks for sharing, nice work.

Does anyone have advise on buying used tools on ebay? There seem to be some pretty nice sets out with a nice variety of tools.

Thanks,

MO

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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reggiek

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#11 posted 1589 days ago

MO, I’m pretty new to carving too…so I had to trust to the recommendations of folks that have a lot more experience then I (pretty much the same approach you are taking). I am no where near experienced enough to do that now….so I wouldn’t try to recommend whether you would be better off with the full size or the palms….I spoke at length with the folks at Littleshavers…..and told them what type of stuff I was thinking of trying at the time….they then went through each tool and its relevance and why it would be useful….all in all I have been very satisfied with what I received….it’s that personal touch that made a difference to me…also they were quite instructive on how to sharpen and maintain the edges….they will resharpen your tools for you for free….the only cost is the shipping…I have not had to take them up on it…but it is nice to have in case. I too looked at the flexcuts and other tools…..at some point I may be ready for them…but for now I am glad I purchased what was recommended…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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DaleM

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#12 posted 1589 days ago

I bought my carving tools about six years ago, but haven’t used them steadily so I’m pretty much a newbie too. I bought a Ramelson set based off some reviews I found at the time and the price. They have worked well for me, but since I’ve never had one of the top name carving tools, I wouldn’t know the difference. They are US made, hold an edge well, and do what I need them to do, plus they are inexpensive. Here is the link. I bought the long handled set. Just click on the picture for more info and price.
http://www.chippingaway.com/woodcarving/RamelsonWoodcarvingTools/RamelsonCarvingTools.htm

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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