Putting Together a Carving/Whittling toolkit for a Gift

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Forum topic by Lemongrasspicker posted 02-12-2017 06:57 PM 2052 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2017 06:57 PM

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My brother in law’s birthday is coming up in June and I’ve endeavored to get him a nice gift this year. He does constuction but wants to get into finer work, he lives in a very small apartment and I figured that spoon carving/whittling would be a good gift since the tools and workspace won’t take up much room.

I only know a little bit about the tools required but I’d like to hear from you guys here about what tools you use every day and find the most useful. I’m building him a little toolchest to store them as part of the gift so I can’t go too crazy on a huge number of tools but I want to get him the essentials.

I’m looking for brands as well, if I’m only going to get him a few tools they would need to be good ones that’ll last him for a lifetime.

Any thoughts appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-15-2017 04:34 AM

Pinewood Forge makes a great hook knife for carving spoons and has other knives also. They even sell a spoon carving combo, with both knives, instructions and several spoon blanks for about $128. But be aware that there is generally a 2 month wait for these great knives.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 05:49 PM

This is a set I started with quite a few years ago, and I still use every one of them today.

There are literally dozens of great carving knives available. I bought this one when I started carving, and still use it.

These tools are carving sharp right out of the box, but he’ll need something to keep them sharp. This is a good general sharpening aid.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Flexcut – just a satisfied customer. I also own other brands of gouges and knives. Carving tools are like potato chips: you can’t have just one…

...and for a final idea, get him one of these or something similar to pick up the wood chips:


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#3 posted 02-16-2017 07:03 PM

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#4 posted 02-17-2017 01:05 AM

There are different approaches to carving. It can be done with a knife (whittling), a chip carving , with a knife, carving with gouges and mallet ,carving /grinding with a rotary tool, power carving with a reciprocating tool (Mastercarver or Foredom), and carving using a chain saw.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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