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Relief Carving Canada Goose Supply List

Relief Canada Goose Supply List

I have listed the tools that I used during this relief project.  You do not need these exact brands or products.  As this is a beginner’s level work, so please use what tools you already have.  The manufacturers are listed in case you see a tool, tool set, or wood burner that you particularly like.

Below are either Amazon affiliate links or links directly to the manufacturer’s website.

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Schaaf Wood Carving Tools: Set of 12 with Canvas Case – Full Size Gouges and Chisels for Beginners, Hobbyists and Professionals | Sharp, Quality-Tested CR-V 60 Steel Blades

Chipping Away:  (I have used my Chipping Away Large knife for almost three decades … and it just performs perfectly every time.)
Large chip carving knife
white fine ceramic sharpening stone
brown coarse ceramic sharpening stone
leather strop and rouge

Ramelson Tools: (I began with Ramelson and still find myself reaching for their tools during every project)
UJ Ramelson Basic Woodcarving Tool Set

Japanese Carving Sets: (This is a great set for almost all wood carving projects and the sets that I use  for spoon carving as well as relief carving. The small hand set includes a bull nose chisel, one of my favorites.)
WAYCOM 24PCS Wood Knife Kit Set Wood Carving Kit,Professional Chisel Set, including Small, Middle, Large size (24PCS)

Walnut Hollow Wood Plaques, Oval Edge Plaque, 11″ x 14″, basswood

Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner: Wire Tip Wood Burning Tool (This is their variable temperature tool with interchangeable wire tips, perfect if you also do wood burning.)

Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool: with Variable Temperature Control for Woodburning, 11 Points (Tips), Original Version, Basic Pack  (This is their one piece rheostat tool which is great if you are just starting in wood burning or if you will only be doing burned details on your carvings.)

Optima Wood Burner: small round shader tip, modified (ball) writing tip, coarse hair tip  (Fantastic unit for advanced burners.)

Detailer Basic Woodburning Kit: ( FTC standard writing tip, FTD small round tip, FT Ball 3 round tip  (Fantastic unit for advanced burners and it comes with Sue Walter’s Book, Pyrography Workbook!)

Flexcut Slipstrop: Sharpening Kit with Strop and Gold Polishing Compound

Saral Graphite Transfer Paper:  (I like Saral because of its soft gray coloring.  Its great for wood burning where you might not be able to remove all of your tracing lines.)

Set of Rifling Files:  SE 10-Piece 7” Riffler File Set – 736RF (This is a small set of files that let’s you get into your undercuts and sharp joint lines)

ink pen for tracing
pencil for marking the board
compass
file folder or index cards for depth gauges
bracing board or bench hook:  (DIY instructions here at LSIrish.com)
non-skid rubber kitchen matt
Minwax Water-Based Sanding Sealer
assorted grits, including 220 grit sandpaper
assorted sift ox hair brushes for dusting
assorted oil paint/ox hair brushes for painting
polyurethane spray sealer
Acrylic craft paints: titanium white, medium earth red-brown, yellow ocher, Paynes gray, carbon black, hooker green
Oil paint for antiquing: burnt umber, turpentine, linseed oil
clean cotton t-shirt material for antiquing

How to sharpen your carving knives

Easy Steps to Bench Knife Sharpening

wood caving the wooden spoon

Beginner’s Carving Tool Kit

 

Basic Carving Tools

As a beginning carver, the choice of carving tools available can be overwhelming. Which tools you really need to learn this craft and which tools you really will use can be a hard decision. There are several basic tool shapes that are standard to this hobby.  Take a quick look at the different tool profiles available for your use.

 

carving tools used to wood carve the wood spirit face

Beginner’s Whittling and relief Carving Tool Kit

A basic relief carving or whittling tool set contains far more than just your carving tools and knives. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the common supplies you may use in your carving craft. All photos in this article are large-sized and labeled. Please click on any image to show the full-sized photo.

Carving Tools Close-Up

Here is a quick visual close-up of some of my favorite carving tools. This grouping will eventually find their way onto the work table during any carving project. The vast majority of the tools show here are between 25 and 40 years old since most are inherited from my father’s many years of wood carving. Your investment in good quality tools will last beyond your life time.

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