All About Carving Quick Start Guide

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CARVING STYLES


1. Power Carving

Power carving involves using motor driven, rotary or reciprocating chisels and burrs to remove material. Power carvers are great for almost any carving style, except chip carving, as well as working with harder woods and if you simply don’t have sufficient hand strength. Power carvers are capable of great detail as well.

2. Woodburning:

Woodburning involves burning details into the wood with a power heated metal tip.

3. Relief Carving: 

Relief carving refers to a style where the image is only carved slightly from the background of a flat panel of wood instead of freestanding. 

4. Chip Carving: 

Chip carving removes small angular chips in one stroke and creates intricate designs and patterns with specialized knives. 

5. Whittling: 

Typically performed with a light, small-bladed knife, whittling is great for creating a project in a matter of minutes. 

6. Carving In The Round: 

A chisel and a mallet are used to remove pieces of wood until a sculptural 3-D form is created. Self-standing work of art. 

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