Chip Carving Wood type??

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Forum topic by Jarvisd801 posted 05-03-2012 04:02 PM 7435 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2012 04:02 PM

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Hello everyone,

I stumbled across chip carving a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to get started. I am waiting on my Knives now and I have started looking for wood, which brings me here.

I know the best wood for chip carving is Basswood but it is not available in my area (Newfoundland, Canada) and having it shipped here seems expensive.

I was wondering if someone could suggest some other types of wood that would work well for chip carving and may be easily accessible in my area, or any suggestions/tips on getting wood shipped for a reasonable price.

I don’t know if more information is required but if so feel free to ask. Also I am new here so if I am asking in the wrong place I apologize.


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#1 posted 05-03-2012 07:00 PM

I would start with basswood and stick with it for a while. Butternut is also good and I’m sorry but I just don’t know what is available in your area.


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#3 posted 05-04-2012 11:59 AM

Thanks for the replies.

Helluvawreck: I know Basswood is considered the best and then Butternut. Both I would have to have brought here from Ontario (where I am told Basswood is that common they us it for fill, lol)

HTH: I have no idea why you linked that blog. I have seen just about all the videos available from But the link you posted has nothing to do with types of wood for carving.

Maybe I could be more specific.. I found a wood hardness table at There are a few different types that are listed around the same hardness as Basswood. I know some wood is just not good for carving I just don’t know what ones. I have a screenshot of that chart posted. If someone could tell me what wood around Basswood hardness of 410 would not be good I could research the others for availability in my area.

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 01:07 PM

Do they have a “Windsor Plywood” store in your area? That’s about the only source of Basswood in my area, they have 5/4 and 8/4 usually in stock.
EDIT: Sorry, I just went to the Windsor Plywood site, they are not in Eastern Canada. Perhaps eBay???

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 05:19 PM

Dave, I’d look for white pine. It grows all across the US and Canada. It will have some hard spots but it should carve nicely.

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#6 posted 05-04-2012 05:31 PM

Thanks Marty, I will see what I can find. Can’t wait to get my practice Boards!!!!

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