Carving Chisels and Gouges

Carving Chisels and Gouges

Carving chisels and gouges differ from cabinet chisels and other gouges in that they are usually somewhat thinner and are sharpened with a finer angle on the cutting edge.  Some are intended for handwork only while others can be struck with a mallet and of course are never struck a metal hammer.  They have thinner blades and handles that are...

TOOL HARDENING

TOOL HARDENING

The half-circle cutters made from files are easy to harden. The hardening is done in two operations. During the first, the cutter is heated to a cherry red glow in a gas burner or other method. A well-cleaned kitchen gas torch is quite suitable for heating such cutters. The heated tool is quickly lowered into the water, the vessel with...

HALF-CIRCLE CUTTERS AND CHISELS

HALF-CIRCLE CUTTERS AND CHISELS

A semicircular chisel is more popular with the carver than a straight chisel, especially in the width of a little finger. Practically it is enough to have four or five semicircular chisels of different radius of curvature and width of blade, i.e. sloping, medium, steep. Two small chisels can be successfully made by yourself from round files: one 6 mm...

Flat chisels

Flat chisels

Flat chisels are available in stores. If the quality of steel or the size of flat chisels does not suit the carver, then a flat file or personal files can be used with complete success, starting with the narrowest one. They are sharpened without preliminary annealing (by heating) on a sharpening wheel or a water sharpener. In the first case,...

Sawing from plywood

Sawing from plywood

Given the different ages of beginners, from children to older generations, I suggest an uncomplicated beginning that is accessible even to a 9-10-year-old child. This type of carving is simple in technique, but spectacular in results. And most importantly, you are already working the wood as a material with a cutting tool, or rather, you are sawing, but it is...

Carving an 1880s Western Train

Carving an 1880s Western Train

Members of the Caricature Carvers of America join forces to create a nostalgic display   The primary objective of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) is to promote the art of caricature carving. The organization works hard to achieve this objective through seminars, exhibits, competitions, and books. Major group carving projects are a part of the larger scope of the...

Biltmore Project

Here is the concept for a new stump carving.  This drawing is not a true representation of the finished piece but has been drawn so that the posture of every animal and its location in relation to the other animals is shown. The stump is white pine and is 24” in diameter and 8’ tall.  The sculpture is to be...

Earth Goddess

The client had a maple tree that had been topped for years before she purchased the property.  As a result of the pruning the tree had become unsightly and structurally weak.  The client wanted to honor the tree by having something carved from the stump and decided on an Earth Goddess to bless the garden nearby.  The tree was also...

Alaskawoodcarvings.com

Like any art form, wood carving requires just as much skill, experience and discipline as it does natural talent. Nobody becomes an expert wood carver overnight, just as nobody becomes an expert painter, sculptor, musician or writer overnight. They start out as beginners and learn basic skills before they begin creating anything truly great. If you would like to learn...