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11-16-2010 08:27 PM

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Hey everyone, I am looking to possibly try to incorporate some carving into my work. I have a project where I was having some issues designing the pull for the lid. I played around with a design for a bit then next thing I know I am using my regular chisels to carve some medallion things on the side. Nothing to really write home about, but my bride thinks I may be on to something (she really liked it). So I am looking at picking a small set up to play around with.

Any brand names I should look for? Maybe a heads up on a good book to pick up? Also what do I need to have to keep them sharp? I am really clueless on this, but have some crazy ideas floating around in my head to try.

I guess I need to specify I want to do a bunch of fine detail carvings on boxes or small projects like that.

Thanks for any help….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 08:40 PM

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 08:43 PM

Hey Dan. I have been using Two Cherries carving tools with great results. I use a Worksharp 3000 as much of my sharpening as I can. Now there also is power carving. The Foredom is awesome at that. It ton of accessories are available for it.

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 09:03 PM

I´m not a carver but have read a little here and there and from what I have read is that those adwise on what a good beginnerset is nad what they say about the stores socalled beginnersets
okay you take all 4000 different sice and shapes… you said small then the last 1500…
no you said realy small box etc well the you maybee shuold look after the rest 500 witch is
palmcheisels and throw them up in the air and after the have hit the floor you take the
10-15 at the top of the bunk in random sices and shape
becorse there is no ideel beginner set and what the stores offer you as so is realy only a manager
in the store that have picked the out from a catalog and say this is our beginner set of carvingtools

so my advise to you is take a good long talk with one who carve the old fashion way let him give you
some hints and advice you about witch tool is good to have around on daily base and what is only
a nice to have if ever the day comes where you can use the 700$ speciel with seven bends on
and arch both way at the edge

take are

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 09:25 PM

I’m not sure if any info I give will be of use as I live in the UK but if you can get them I like Leslie illes I also believe it or not started with a set of record carving chisels & they are ok I still use them & they work & don’t break the bank
Hope you find what you are looking for

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 11-16-2010 09:46 PM

I second the two cherries. I don’t do a lot of hand carving anymore, I mainly power carve now. The foredom is nice but a little pricey. I use a Mastercarver, it is a little less expensive than the foredom and it has been a workhorse for me, I have about 300 hours on it and it is still going strong. Don’t waste your time with Dremel (i’m sure I will upset someone with that), they are junk. I burned up 4 in a month, the bits are ok and work in the mastercarver as well as the foredom, but the actual tool itself I wouldn’t use as a door stopper. Sorry to any dremel users out there, but junk is junk. Good luck, carving is addictive like turning and oh yeh lumberjocks. Nice name by the way.

-- Daniel

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#6 posted 11-16-2010 11:18 PM

Good info everyone! Thanks for all the feedback. I’m at work at the moment so I will have to do me some research when I get home. Definitely have me some good leads to go on now.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 11-17-2010 12:25 AM

The Swiss Made chisels at Woodcraft are top notch. Unfortunately the are a little pricey, and no competition because ONLY Woodcraft sells them in the US.

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#8 posted 11-17-2010 12:31 AM

Pfeil are the best swiss made tools for carving at woodcraft.
Flexcut carving knives are also very good or Butz carving knives.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#9 posted 11-17-2010 02:53 AM

if you want something powered, get a Dremel, or a Foredom. There is many billions of different bits for different applications.

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#10 posted 11-17-2010 07:52 AM

Even tho I have only just started I bought myself a Two cherries kit, 3 knives, 3 chisels. Didn’t think I would use the knives much and really I dont but there is one that I use quite a bit to undercut things (please dont ask what it is!) The others are worth it as they can be sharpened up by a pure idiot! -Me
Also I went out previously to that and found some lino/leather/wood carving tools. They are pretty cheap but they to can be sharpened up pretty well too and when you know which ones you use the most or if you want to keep on carving then you can go and get the proper more expensive ones. I enjoy working with them as they are small and I tend to gravitate towards doing the smaller carvings.
I Also use a dremel – no probs YET with it. Good for certain areas where a chisel is hard to get into or to take a heap of wood off from a smaller area.
good luck with your choice of tools and carving.
dont forget to show us your creations!

-- Theresa,

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#11 posted 11-17-2010 08:10 AM

All my carving has been in hard wax for making jewelry patterns for lost wax casting. But, I suppose carving is carving. I made most of my own tools for working with pattern wax but my carvings were quite small for pendants, rings, earrings, etc. Now as I am getting into wood working and thinking of carving I have been looking at bigger tools. I noticed Woodcrafter will have a starter set that normally sells for $19.95 on sale for $9.95 for “black Friday” day after Thanksgiving sale. Link is here:
These tools look like miniature lathe chisels and from my point of reference seem like they would be useful; and no more expensive than homemade tools at the sale price.

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#12 posted 11-17-2010 09:18 AM

I have several different sets and I do like the flexcut sets. They are extremely sharp and easy to keep that way.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 11-17-2010 02:57 PM

Thanks you all for the feedback. I am still on the fence right now as to what direction to go. I have one Two Cherries chisel at home and love it (had to special order it to install a hinge). The only problem is they are a tad pricey. I know you get what you pay for most the time, but I’m a tad nervous about dropping that much cash for something “I want to try” (if that makes sense). I was looking at the Flexcuts over at Woodcraft and glad to see the name brought up. I was actually leaning towards going that route for the time being.

I do use a Dremel at the house now and find it extremely useful for my projects. I honestly don’t know how I would be able to do some of the stuff I do now without it.

I also got to add that the reason I am being so price savvy is that I got the “Green Light” from my bride to pick up a nice jointer after we get the holidays out of the way. I really don’t want to push my luck to far by hitting her up for some bad to the bone high dollar chisels. Although I would love to have Tow Cherries or Swiss Made….. I just have to pick my battles….lol

Thanks again everyone!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 11-22-2010 07:25 AM

The flex-cut starter carving chisel sets for what you desire to do are reasonbly priced
and good quality. Your local Woodcraft dealer will help you decide what best
fits your purpose and budget.No I dont work for them I just use their products
because most all their tools are good quality.

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#15 posted 11-22-2010 03:08 PM

I like Pfeil also but expensive, MasterCarver looks lice and I may get one in the future. Good luck

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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