How to start carving wood?

Q&A Woodworking Forum IndexCategory: WoodworkingHow to start carving wood?
Westfarthing Woodworks asked 1 month ago

Is there a good book that anyone can recommend or a place to start for new wood carvers?

1 Answers
Brian answered 1 month ago

Wood carving is a fun activity, and one of the different subsections of woodworking. How do you get started? One of the easiest ways is by watching videos.

Go on YouTube and take a look at some of the different video offerings for learning how to carve wood. Even in the carving genre, there are widely different types of carving, so pay attention to that too.

Decide what type of wood carving you like, and find even more videos that show you the process for that particular style.

In those videos you’ll learn quite a bit about the tools, techniques, and materials that are needed in order to be successful. The host might even recommend books and tools that make life easier.

As this happens, have a pencil and paper handy and make some notes about what you see. This way, when it comes time to buy some books and get started yourself, you’ll know what you need.

Getting started in wood carving is just like getting started in anything else. You need to put in a little time upfront figuring out what exactly you’re getting into, and then take action.

Spend some time learning about the craft on the academic side, and then actually take the first step to the practical side and buy a good book, a good first set of carving knives, and a good piece of wood.

Then, you’ll have your start.

Happy building.

See Also: The Myth that You Need Lots of Tools to Get Started in Woodworking

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