So, you are a new wood carver who wants to use his hand to create beautiful wooden projects. Great, because woodwork and woodcarving is such a creative and satisfying hobby.
Wood carving doesn’t require a lot of equipment; all you need as a beginner is a good piece of wood and a sharp carving knife. If you are a DIY woodcarver or not but have the interest to learn, below are useful tips on woodcarving for any level you belong to on the woodcarving ladder (seasoned woodcarvers or newbie woodcarvers).
Sharp Tools?The first thing you want to learn as a newbie woodcarver is to sharpen your tools. It’s advisable always to have a sharp instrument when carving as they help give you a clean cut and are safer to use. When using dull tools, you tend to exert more pressure on your wood which leads to chipping off and disfiguring of your wooden design. Learn to sharpen your tools also to avoid getting a wood bite.
Know Your Woods:
Another vital lesson to learn as a new woodcarver is to know your woods. Knowing your wood helps saves you time, stress and disappointments. Certain wood types are better for carving while others are more technical for the same purpose. If you can tell the differences, you won’t have to waste your time cutting a wood that is not ideal for your wood project. Knowing your woods also helps you determine the perfect tool and best finish for each wood project.
The most popular wood for carving is the basswood because it’s durable, easy to use and trim into specific designs. Other examples are pine, beech and pallet wood.
Learn To Design:
Being able to come up with your design is a plus when it comes to woodcarving, it would stand you out from other woodcarvers. Woodcarving and woodwork are all about creativity, your ability to bring this into your wood carving project would make you the envy of everyone else around. Learn how to draw (even if it’s just a bit) and also learn to be creative. ?
When taking up a woodcarving project as a newbie woodworker, you want to start with a simple design. Start with something that is not so complex, a design you can finish quickly. For an easy and simple design, you can try to replicate an easy wood project already done. Doing this provides you with a visual object to work.
Practice And Experiment:
Becoming a professional woodcarver cannot be achieved overnight, it requires you to practice and experiment on new ideas and creatives constantly. Conduct experiments on various woodcarving projects to determine your strong points – you might find out you enjoy wildfowl carving, relief carving, realistic sculptures, etc.
As a newbie woodcarver, you need long hours of practice if you want to understand woodcarving and give yourself a chance to become one of the professionals in the field.
Put all the steps in this article into use and see yourself getting better with each day that passes.
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