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Another bad night up at 2 a.m. in pain and couldn't lay there any longer so I got up and turned on the create channel and one of the wood worker shows had a woman doing carving. This is something I've always wanted to try. Not the sculptures but the carving on flat boards to add that extra touch to my projects. I'm disabled and don't get my disability so cost factor is a biggie. Can someone give me some advice on what tools I should be looking at, name brands, what would be a good starter set up,where to get them, etc.etc. I don't want to get such a cheapie that they don't work worth a crap or need resharpened every stroke but I can't afford the high dollar ones either. Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated. Oh and any sugestions on what kind of soft wood to start out on for practice till I get the feel of it. Thanks

Gary Buck
 

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From time to time, Woodcraft has a starter carving set on sale. I would get some Basswood to start. It is soft and straight grained. You can get it from Woodcraft, too.
 

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Thanks Lew I'll check that out. Basswood has ben sugested a few times before, I got a boat load of pine scraps, what do you L.J.s' think about using that for practice wood? Or should I go with the basswood for starters?
 

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Hey Gary
Sorry your feeling bad! If you want to do the lest inexpensive carving chip carving can be don with about three knives. If that interest you there are some good You tube videos on the subject.
 

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Gary,
I think white pine would be soft enough to get a start- especially if you are going to begin with chip carving- as Jim suggested.

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Hi Gary,
As Jim suggested, you can start chip carving without much $$ invested.
I use the Swiss knives with my students. They are economical and have decent steel that holds an edge nicely.
Add a few basswood practice boards and you'll be all set to get started.
All of these items are in the My Chip Carving Store - http://www.mychipcarving.com/Chip_Carving/Store/store.htm

Marty
www.MyChipCarving.com
866-444-6996
 
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