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Regardless what you may have heard about wood carving, it is not hard.
The most difficult part about it is sharpening your tools (which takes more skill than one would assume) and applying cutting styles. Before you can learn what the cutting styles and techniques are, you first need to answer this question:
“What woodcarving style do I like most?”
What To Look For
There are several factors that are synonymous with good quality wood carving tools. No one enjoys starting out something new only to have odds against you from getting better with poorly made tools.
Good Steel Material
When I say good, I mean a steel material that can hold up against hardwoods and not just softwood. Find wood carving tools that are made of high carbon steel, if you are consistent with routine honing and sharpening then this material will last you a long time.
Most of these tools that have a handle, also have what is called a tang. The tang of a tool refers to the way the tool is attached to the handle. There’s a partial tang and full tang available, but for the sake of your own safety and quality assurance: go with full tang. This means the steel material goes all the way through the handle to significantly decrease chances of the steel coming out of the handle (partial tang tends to be much more hazardous because of this).
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A knife with good edge retention means it’s sharp, so this goes without saying you need to sharpen your tools. Not only is this good practice, but it’s also good maintenance for taking care of your tools. Believe it or not it is more dangerous to carve wood with a dull knife than a sharp one!
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