Power Wood Carving
Power Wood Carving
Power wood carving allows carvers to use specialize power tools to complete they projects. A purest will not recognize this as “true” carving, but from anyone concern with efficiency power carving is a must. Power carving can also be a godsend for a carver that does not have the hand strength to complete carvings. No one only uses a knife for carving anymore, Instead, especially powered carving tools, especially rotary cutting tools with bits for specialize carving needs are use. A carving can be complete with only power tools or a combination of tradition chisels and knifes and power tools.
As we’ve discussed before there are three main phases of carving: roughing, shaping, and detailing. The roughing phase requires a lot of wood to be removed quickly. Shaping is the phase where the project begins to take the form of the finished piece but there is still wood to be removed. Detailing is the phase where the final touches are put in place.There are bits for all three of these phases. Many times they’ll be labeled something like “Coarse”, “Medium”, or “Fine”. These names sort of correlate to the roughing, shaping, and detailing phases. The important thing to remember is that each bit was designed for a specific purpose and it’s best to use it in that manner.
Shave and a haircut, two bits! The melody to that line is used extensively in bluegrass banjo to end songs. If you watched “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” you’ll remember it as well. In case you don’t know a bit is one half of a quarter so it’s equal to 12.5 cents. I’ve always thought that was peculiar. If you bought something that cost 13 cents and paid with a bit they’d owe you .5 cents in change and there isn’t a .5 cent piece. I don’t understand how that works. I guess that’s why they don’t let me work on international economic policy.
It used to be done with a simple knife and a block of wood, but there is a trend these days toward applying power tools to the job. There are many power tools available today that help amateur and professional wood carvers alike create their carvings more efficiently and with precision.
Wood carving is an ancient art that still fascinate carpenters and woodwork lovers today. In yesteryear, wood carving was done by simply using a wood block and a knife. But with the advent of power tools, professional and even amateur wood carvers create their wood carvings more precisely and efficiently. Below are instructions and tips on how to carve wood with power tools.
In power carving, the bur or bit is the part of the tool that does that actual wood removal. The power carving tool, such as a flexible shaft machine or micro motor, spins the bit at a high speed and the cutting surface or abrasive on the bit removes the wood. Power carving bits go by names such as burs, cutters, carvers, stones, and discs.
A corded Dremel tool has one obvious weakness, the cord. Cordless tools solved that problem, but have been universally under-power, with low torque, and short battery life. New lithium-ion tools have solved the problem.
I started our carving caricatures, woodspirits, walking sticks and Santa figures. I still carve these but I really enjoy carving fish. I’ve fished my entire life and know a good bit about the subject matter so it was a natural fit. I quickly learned that most people who do carve fish do not do it with hand tools so I had to familiarize myself with power carving. I love to using power to carve. I don’t have a lot of time to carve and it helps me remove wood more quickly. I also like the fact that I don’t have to work as hard with my hands. I do like the feel of a good hand tool but sometimes fatigue catches up with me. I rarely have this issue when I’m power carving. In this article we will discuss some of the basics.