Wood carving is a traditional artist form. Studying ourselves is a bit difficult. But in the process, it’s also full of fun. In the world of woodworking, every solution to a problem is an improvement of our skills. That’s why we’ve created this list of common questions about wood carving.
First, beginners are often confused about what type of wood to choose. In fact, for us beginners, choosing some soft woods like pine, ginkgo wood and so on is a good option. In this way, you can not only reduce the damage caused by hardwood, but also reduce the difficulty of carving. It can help you carry out basic carving skills.
Second, the choice of knife is often encountered. Many people struggle with what type of knife to choose and what size graver is best. In fact, we recommend choosing a knife with a large tip angle for beginners. This knife can precisely control the force and direction during the carving process. Now, you may ask: “Which size is best for me?” Well, you can choose one according to your work size. I suggest you prepare different sizes from small to large.
In addition, how to master the skill of carving is the most common problem. There are many techniques of wood carving, such as relief carving, skeleton carving, round carving and many more. Each skill has its unique charm. For you, it is better to start with simple skills, for example, how to master the power of the knife, which angle I like and how to use different knives. Over time, you can gradually try more complex techniques to create more difficult tasks.
You have several ways to solve these problems. You can get this knowledge by reading relevant books and lessons. These days, there are many online platforms offering tons of lessons and videos. You can learn many practical skills and knowledge from them. Also, you can join some community or forum about carving to share experience with other friends. At this time, you are able to be inspired by their work and experience. Also, you can attend training courses or workshops to improve your skills under the guidance of professional teachers.
Now, I would like to share my experience. During my study process, the biggest question was how to translate joy into practice. In my free time, I can read some relevant books. With the help of books, I can fully understand a particular technique or method. But unfortunately, I can’t achieve this with my engravers. Soon I recognized that theory and practice complement each other. With continuous practice, we can really master carving. Therefore, I suggest that our newbies should not learn and read too much theory knowledge, but should do it at once.
Now, you may wonder which engravers to choose. There is no definite pattern in my opinion. Everyone has their own unique knife skills. I like to use Pneumatic engraver. But I think the key is to find your own comfortable way and explore your own style. For us beginners, you need to learn some basic knife skills first. And then you must continue to use and try to practice. Additionally, I suggest that beginners should not focus on speed and impact, but focus on accuracy and stability.
Okay, guys! Above is my problem and my solution in my research. I hope this can help and inspire you. Finally, I hope you can find your own fun and artistic way into the world of wood carving by learning one of the simple wood carving techniques!