Wood carving involves the chiselling away of wood to create the desired figure by the carver and is one of the world oldest crafts. Before carving a piece of wood, the craftsman has to determine where the grain is in order to learn the weak and strong areas of apparatus. Some of the best wood for carving is walnut with its superb dark colour, basswood which is a lighter shade of brown, maple, pine and mahogany. Some of the best tools come in sets with a variety of chisels and knives each having their own purpose, whether it’s shaving, cutting or rounding edges. Carving can be done using electrical equipment, like a chainsaw, drill and shaver. All contribute to creating the work of art you will notice in this article along with passion and skill to bring about the most finely sculpted wood art.
A key to creating a great carve out work of art is to work with contrast, by going cutting and chiselling against the grain; which means that a woodcarver has to be someone with a certain built and some measure of strength to place force when and where it is needed. Tutorials for wood carving are available online and books can be found with in-depth knowledge of this interesting skill at length.
If you are considering learning this craft, understand that there are four ways to go about it, because then you will know what are the appropriate tools you will need and where it would be best for a beginner to start. You will have to learn about chip carving: a special knife used to remove unwanted pieces of wood. Then there is a technique called carving in the round which basically speaks for itself. This is mainly used to give curvature to the wood such as the breast of a bird. Relief carvings are usually done on a flat sheet of wood but are made with three angles or dimensions. Lastly, there is whittling, which is the most common form of carving that stems even further back in history than the other three techniques. This type of carving may seem a bit amateurish because when it is completed, the viewer can see the work the knife left in the wood.