"The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. "
- Honore De Balzac
The ancient art of wood carving has been around in India and the world since thousands of years ago. In India especially, architectural and artistic woodwork began as a craft seen on temples and palaces, and later evolved to daily use wooden artefacts.
Wood carving is a fun and creative craft which does not require any fancy equipment or studio. It can be done at the comfort of your home! All you need is a sturdy piece of wood and some sharp tool to carve it with. But you need to select the type of wood and the types of wood carving tools carefully as your choice will affect the safety, ease and the result of your wood carving work.
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Before we begin to give you some wood carving tips for beginners, let us first know about the types of wood and wood carving tools that are commonly used :
Types of wood
Some of the woods used for different types of wood carving are sheesham, deodar, mahogany, walnut, mango, ebony.
Types of wood carving tools
The most basic tool is the chip carving knife. The other tools often used are chisels and gouges. They are made up of different materials and are used for various purposes like scooping out and chipping the wood.
Wood Carving Tips
With wood carving patterns, you can make wooden photo frames, keychains, pen holders, and even wooden chairs and tables. Once you select the type of wood and the suitable tools that you want to work with, you can begin your wood carving adventure. Here are the essential tips on wood carving for beginners :
Sharpen your knife
You are much more likely to cut yourself with a blunt knife than with a sharp one so before you begin, remember to sharpen your carving knife with a ceramic sharpening stone. This process is easy and it’s just like sharpening any other blade.
Learn how to handle a carving knife
Knives are sharp objects so you obviously need to be careful. Make sure to use your wrist and not your elbow, control the angle and trajectory of the knife. This will allow more precise carvings. Also, wear a carving glove on the hand that you’re holding the wood with. This is an important safety tip for beginners.
Determine the direction of the grain
Before you start wood carving, you must figure out the direction in which the grain of the wood is running. You can do this by first carving a piece of wood out of a corner, curving out to finish the cut so that the wood does not rip at the end. Then go ahead with your wood carving patterns.
Sketch it out
Go slow with your work. Any mistake you make will be permanent so to avoid this, lightly sketch out your cuts and carvings first with a pencil. Draw out the lines to cut along the wood carving and the shapes to carve out. This will help you to prevent un-doable mistakes and be more precise with your wood carvings.
Wood carving patterns and wooden objects have a lot of character and look very classy and royal. Right from utility goods to home decor, wood brings a lot of possibilities with it. So put on your creative hats and start learning wood carving today!