Rookie set of Carving Tools

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Blog entry by woodmaker posted 12-14-2012 08:27 PM 1221 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been fascinated by other peoples carving abilities and would like to try my hand at it. However, I don’t want to spend a fourtune for a carving set only to realize I suck or find out I just don’t like it.
I’ve seen carving sets of 12 (mallet tools) and hand size for as low as $60.00 all the way to almost a thousand for Pfeil or other Swiss made.

Any recommendations? I’m all ears (and not much money). :-)

-- Mike

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 08:46 PM

I’m going to try a few individual Two Cherries, German-made tools, available through ToolsforWorkingWood. They post good info on the site. I have chisels made by Two Cherries; and I like them a lot.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 08:53 PM

This is a good set to dabble with, and still have a place as good quality detail tools if your interest develops.,130,43332,43334&ap=1

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 09:11 PM

Work with a piece of hard wood, not pine. My understanding is that SPF does not carve well. Do not get to down on yourself if it isn’t perfect. It’s not like sawing a few pieces and glueing them together. Patience. Take a little at a time.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-15-2012 03:05 PM

You did not mention your shop size and/or skill level. I also wanted to get into carving without the expensive
knives, so I made my own set Did not realize it was going to be this long when I hit copy & paste. This
and other selections you can find here on Lumberjocks can give you an idea on how to make your own knives.
I also joined the local woodcarving club and picked up some hints and help from the members. Turned out
that I am not a great carver, but I had fun making the knives and still enjoy carving occasionally. Yes my beautiful
Lady realizes that I use my shop mainly as a place to play and keep myself out of trouble and off the street

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

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 03:08 PM

Here’s a good starter set made in Japan believe it or not at harbor freight.
I bought it on sale for around $11 at one time and I was impressed with how sharp out if the box they were. They say made in Japan right on the side. Good set to dabble with and then you can upgrade from there.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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