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#1 posted 06-14-2016 02:19 PM

I haven’t been carving for long so can’t really add anything of significant value when it comes to what brands to get, but I do turn so use plenty of chisels.
What I’ve discovered is that it’s not so much what brand of knife or chisel you get as much as how YOU personally like it?
Everyone has different size hands and a different style of carving. What might be ideal for one may very well be horrible for another.
When I first went out and got a lathe I purchased the top of the line chisels from Ashley Iles and Sobeys. While these are great chisels, my favourite chisels are ones that were made from large hexagon shaped L shaped tools. The name escapes me right now BUT these work great. Handles are currently being made for them.
Alan keys. That’s it. Big Alan keys would great for making sharp chisels and if they would good for turning they’ll hold up to manual carving for sure.

Another similarity is sharpening. You are basically only as good as your sharpest tools. Both carving and turning rely on sharp knives and chisels so learning to sharpen is essential.
A good investment I made a while ago to sharpen my tools is a belt sander jig from Lee Valley.
You have to buy a motor but it’s a great set up and works fabulously with the sanding belts that come with it and has made a world of difference to my woodworking and turning of acrylic.
I should try and add a picture of it.

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