I am often asked by people who wish to enter the world of carving ''Where can I buy some inexpensive tools for the job'' ?
Lets see if I can help.
I use very simple tools for my spoon carving and Kuksa carving.
I carve with Mac knives, they are of my own design.
If you are looking for something more basic
The Eric Frost 106 will serve you well.
Frost also make very useable hook knives.
You'll find them at
For a high quality hook knife, I wouldn't bother shopping around. Go and find Nic Westermann.
You can find his web page at...
Nic makes the best hook I've come across, not really worth messing with anything cheaper if you get serious about your spoon carving.
He also make fine straight carving blades.
He'll post out to the U.S.A.
|Nic Westermann hook knife.|
As for an axe, for a sound starter I'd head on over to Axminster Power Tools and pick up one of their Bahco axes.
The Bahco has come recommended by folk on my FaceBook page.
The helve is a little slim, however, if that's a problem then use the axe to make a new helve. An ideal solution.
If you want to spend a bit of hard earned on an axe that will last and hold an edge then go and have a chat with my friend Tim at
He can find you a nice Gransfors Bruk carver.
|Gransfors Bruk carving axe.|
Well thats your starter kit sorted.Now you'll need something to sharpen it all with.
I personally recommend King waterstones.
The stone pictured is a 1200/8000 grit combination.
This will get the job done
The little white stone is a Nagura, for producing a fine slurry...
See my sharpening tips and movies.
You'll also need an old leather belt and a lump of polishing compound for stropping.
Workshop heaven. EUROPE
Wood craft. USA
Now you are sorted for carving and sharpening you'll need some oil to coat the finished product.
There are other oils on the market you may wish to use.
Including Lemon oil and Orange oil if you have a concern about nut allergy.
I hope this short list will help you on your way.
If you have any further ideas you wish to share you can email it to me along with the appropriate links.