Post # 1
Hey! I tried looking this up online without much success, so I’m wondering if anyone here can help.
My mother wants to start woodcarving again (she used to make marionettes as a hobby), and I want to get her some tools for Christmas. She used to have a set but it was lost.
The problem is, I have NO IDEA what kind of tools one would buy. I asked at a store but they suggested a $400 set. I don’t have that much to spend and plus, I’m told that it’s better to build one’s own set. Basically I want to know if anyone knows what the basic tools would be? Or if a small set could be a good start?
BTW I’m talking hand-held tools (chisels and such), not those powered ones.
Thanks SO much for any information, and happy Sunday!
Post # 3
Fundamentalsofwoodworking.com has a post called “Basic woodcarving tools” that may be helpul.
Garretwade.com sells several hand-held woodworking tools that may interest you. Traditionalwoodworker.com has some nice products too.
Post # 4
I was going to suggest a Dremmel set (under $100), I wouldn’t have been able to make it through my sculpture classes without mine. But if you’re looking for chisels and gouges, you can easily get a decent set for around $100-150. We used Flexcut, they have a nice variety of tools in their starter kits.
Post # 5
Hi @arathella: I did a bit of GOOGLING on your behalf cause I know of a Wood Carving Boutique here in Eastern Ontario … Wood n Feathers in Merrickville… (I was hoping to find you an email address for you to work with… unfortunately no luck)
BUT I did find this Wood Carving Forum… that is chocked full of info = http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/forum/
And I also know of a Company that we have here in Eastern Ontario that is known world wide for their Woodworking Tools…
Lee Valley Tools = http://www.leevalley.com/
Hopefully between these 2 resources, you’ll be able to find what you need.
Post # 6
@This Time Round:
You guys are AWESOME. I actually posted on http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/forum/ half-expecting quick replies (I looked through their threads but couldn’t find much), but it seems that other forums aren’t as awesome as WBee 😉
Post # 7
@arathella: I’m glad we could help!