Wood Carving Fundamentals
The place to get the information you need to begin wood carving. Getting started in wood carving can be as simple as whittling a stick with a pocket knife, to rough out a wood block to make a pleasing shape. Carving can be enjoyed at many levels, from the beginner to carving a sculpture in a fully equipped shop with chisels and power tools. An introduction to the fundamentals of wood carving including tools, techniques and the art.
If you have a knife, some wood and a simple whittling idea you can begin carving wood. Whittling can be an enjoyable way to make a quick simple project, but can also be used to make true works of art. The hobby of Whittling is typically performed with a small knife blade, generally a knife is used. Whittling knives can now be purchase which have thick handles for a better grip which allow accurate control.
Carving is the form of woodworking where the cutting away of wood is done by hand, resulting in a dimensional wooden figure. It is simply the art of carving wood to make decorative objects.
Although it popular to this that you can pickup a random piece of wood, and a steak knife or of the kitchen and carve a piece of art, it doesn't really work that way. Having the right supplies, and the right piece of wood is essential to learning the skills needed.
Of all the art forms available to craftsmen, wood carving may well be one of the oldest developed skill in man's history. Carved designs and accents have appeared in furniture design, the building components of our homes and places of worship, the household items that we use everyday, and of course as simply beautiful decorative sculptures.
Over the coming years I will tell you about the lessons I’ve learned by myself and from others, so that you may be better equipped to try it out for yourselves.
Ultimately though it is your journey and I merely wish to provide you with some basic principles, the rest I leave for you to discover as I did. The first steps for a new woodcarver can be overwhelming. How to start? Which wood carvings tools to purchase? And what projects to begin with?
After learning the basics, and trying out some simple projects, anyone with advanced skills can move onto wood carving for art's sake. Doing it right takes time, talent, technique, and the proper supplies.
Having the right tool for the carving job, and keeping those tools maintained correctly if significant to any carve who wants to get a job done right.
Woodworking Carving involves having the right tools, but also learning correct technique and have the right wood for any projects. Once proper technique is learned it takes time and practice to master them.