Beginner Wood Carving or Whittling and Woodcarving Tools.
never too old to begin woodcarving
... but you might be too young!
Away has helped thousands of people of all ages get started into
the wonderful hobby of woodcarving.
But we believe there
is an age limit as to
when your child should give woodcarving a try! Giving a young child a sharp
knife or tool is not a good idea.
As a rule, around the age of 11 years a child shows signs of developing two essential traits
necessary for woodcarving: eye-hand coordination and patience. Without
eye-hand coordination, and without the patience to follow instructions, the risk of personal injury is very high.
Of course there are always exceptions to every rule.
So What About Children under 11
years of Age?
A child's interest in being
creative should never be ignored but encouraged as much as possible. If it
is carving or sculpting that the child shows an interest in, then by all means encourage
them ~ but do so with a medium other than wood and without sharp instruments.
As a matter of fact, carving and sculpting common hand soap
with plastic or wooden knives is an excellent substitute. We have
a book to get you and your child started ...Click
here to see it!
Before You Begin ~ You Should Choose A Style
There are four main styles of woodcarving and the same tools are not always used
for each. This makes it necessary for you to choose the style of carving you
want to begin with so you will know what tools and instruction books you need.
I will describe them here and offer some suggestions for getting started.
Then once you have chosen a particular style, I suggest you look through our Product
Index in our "WoodCarving Book" section for various books topics that will help you get started. in your chosen style.
perhaps the oldest style of woodcarving
and is done with a carving knife. When the carving is completed you
can see 'knife stroke'. That is to say that the carving does not have a smooth
surface. The carving may be painted or left natural.
We have a selection of General Instruction woodcarving books ..click
Pop suggests you take a minute to explore our
Product Index to see our
many quality products.
Our "Search Function" on the left hand margin can you help find specific items
Tools: A Basic Whittling
or Carving Knife as pictured here is all you need to get started.
You may want to add other carving knives as your skills improve. See our
Product Index under the
Beginner Carving Tools.
Here is a geat
Beginner Carving Kit that includes
everything you need (ncluding a knife) to get
started ...click image to see and order
CARVING IN THE ROUND:
This is a carving that is completed
all the way around and has a more 'lifelike' surface and texture. It might
be a person, animal, or bird; it might be big, or small; it might be to scale or
lifesize. The carving may be painted or left natural.
Choosing tools for carving-in-the-round is a
little more involved. Most carvers use a variety of knives, chisels and gouges
as hand tools and still others choose power tools. Pop suggests you look
website and if you still have some questions
just call and speak with one of our sales consultants at
888-682-9801 Toll Free Eastern Time 9am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday.
Relief carvings have a flat back and the image is carved in 3 dimension.
This style is often used for scenes, but can be a carving of any subject and is
usually displayed by hanging on a wall. As with other styles, it may
be painted, stained, or left natural.
Start with a Basic Carving Set and add other tools as your skills improve.
Here are two great sets shown on the right to consider for your first carving experience.
May we suggest you look through our Product Index for various books that will help
you get started in your chosen style.
Chip knives are used to remove selected ‘chips’
of wood. In theory chip carvings have just two levels: the wood surface, and the
point beneath the surface where the cuts meet. Patterns can be of a free form style
or based on geometric shapes such as triangles, circles, simple lines and curves.
Tools: Chip carvers
uses only two or three knives. You can purchase these already sharpened (adding
a leather strop is a good idea) which will delay the need for sharpening stones.
Here is a great Beginner Kit ...see the
Webpages under 'Chip Carving' for other
tools, books, etc.