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11-01-2015 06:26 PM

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Any book recommendations on how to carve wood.

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#1 posted 11-02-2015 04:05 AM

Anything by Chris Pye. Start with Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual: A Beginner's Guide to Traditional Techniques then Woodcarving: Tools, Material & Equipment, Volume 1 and Woodcarving: Tools, Materials & Equipment, Volume 2. Then get the rest of his books :)

While you’re at it, sign up for his online carving school.

I own all of his books, have been a member of his school since it started, and can’t say enough good things about the man, his teaching style, his writings. You won’t regret any of it.

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 02:07 PM

This is a good website for carvers. They have how – to’s, and many forums. They also have a magazine if you need to spend $.

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 04:41 PM

Google your local area for wood carving clubs, there are quite a few of them around and most members
are helpfull and have many tips to help new carvers.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 06:35 PM

The recommendation to join your local carving club is a great one.

I would recommend that you check out They are great people and know carving very well.

Let us know what type of carving you plan to do. I can recommend some other resources if your carving interest veers towards caricatures.


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#5 posted 11-02-2015 10:45 PM

Thank you all I really appreciate your takeing the time to give me some recmodations and books I can put in my tool box. I didnt even think about looking into a group. Hopefully in a few more months youl see some of my work.

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#6 posted 11-04-2015 03:24 PM

All I have to add for you Califreeman is that you can’t go wrong
with all of the recommendations given to you, with the exception
of buying a whole load of BANDAIDS!

-- Torpidhummer

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#7 posted 11-04-2015 05:36 PM

I notice that you are from California and have water in the background of your avatar photo.
This one is great on traditional nautical carving.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 11-07-2015 03:01 AM

As Gus mentioned, find a local carving club. If you go to

and put in your state, you’ll get a list of dozens of clubs. Find one (or more) within driving distance and contact them about their meeting times/places. Go visit them. Great places to get sharpening knowledge, tool info, techniques for carving, patterns, and some even sell wood.



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#9 posted 11-13-2015 04:50 AM

Wow! You guys are great.

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