For anyone who takes their actions seriously, it is important to feel confident about the things they do and the things they use to get to the aim. And here nobody is an exception – good wood carving supplies and best tools are as important to any carver as the idea for the project and their talents. That’s why it is crucial to know where you can get those supplies and whom you can trust.
BeaverCraft hopes our high quality tools will be just what you need to feel confidence and comfort while carving, knowing that your whittling tools, wood and everything involved won’t let you down.
And now that you are probably wondering what BeaverCraft has to offer, we’re going to introduce our wood carving tools and whittling kit, carving knife set and all types supplies.
Is it possible to find a wood carving kit in your stock?
Can I receive my wood carving tools by post?
What do I get in the wood whittling kit?
Is your wood carving knife set expensive?
What Does a Wood Carving Kit For Beginners Contain?
Getting into any kind of craft can be quite demanding and challenging. Those who learn about woodcarving from someone, be it their parents or friends, are lucky ones. They usually inherit or borrow tools, get tips and learn tricks for turning wood chunks into pieces of fine design.
However, we didn’t forget about those who don’t have anyone around to provide them with basic knowledge and tools. As you can see on our blog, before writing about anything regarding wood carving, we are very careful to provide beginners with all the necessary information. We want everyone to feel welcome to wood carving, and free to master their hobby.
That being said, we wanted to present to any novices here the basic elements of every wood carving kit. There is no such thing as a standard in wood carving tools. Just like wood design, carving tools are numerous and each piece is good for something. However, there are some guidelines we would like to recommend here. Next time you decide you want to buy yourself your first wood carving kit, make sure to have most or all of the following:
- carving knives
- hook knives
- a sharpening strop and sharpening compound
- wooden blocks
Several pieces or just one example from each of these categories will be more than enough. Optionally, you could also consider buying protective gloves, to save your fingers from unnecessary cuts.
As your skills grow, you will start getting new design ideas. Perhaps you decide to dedicate yourself to carving bowls? Or pens? Or maybe spoons? Once you know what you like to do, or once you decide on where you want to take your business, you will want to expand your toolkit.
What do I get in the standard spoon carving kit?
Spoons are something we all use on a daily basis. And we use them for one of the most important activities of all: eating food. Spoons made of wood are especially appreciated for pouring and eating honey.
Spoon whittling is something we all start with when we embark on our wood carving journey. They are easy to make and are great for learning how to handle different tools. Therefore, woodcarvers are often seen making and selling spoons.
Spoons are specific because they require deep, round hollows in the wood, and you can’t make this with standard knives. You can make spoons only with a tool that has a curved cutting edge. Because of their shape, these tools are called hook knives. But also, people also call them spoon knives, as they are so frequently used for making spoons!
Therefore, hook knives are the main component of every spoon carving kit. Depending on which design diversity you wish to achieve, there is a variety of hook knives, primarily in terms of size, type of blade (single or double edge), and, of course, brand and quality.
Other Spoon Carving Tools
Apart from the inevitable hook knife, for making spoons or any objects with a similar shape, you will need other tools as well. Most of these tools are quite affordable and easy to use.
The most important allies to hook knives in making spoons are axes and a straight knife. You will use these axes at the very beginning of your work, to roughly hack the piece of wood into something that looks like a spoon. Then, you will carve out the shape of the spoon more finely with the sharp straight knife. Only in the end, for making the main, hollow part, you will need a hook knife.
Also, if you visit any wood carving workshop, you will see that some carvers even use power tools. Electric machines are usually employed for doing the same job as an axe, just with less human power.
A disclaimer in case you are lefthanded: some tools can be used regardless of your preferable hand, but some have to be specially designed for the lefthanded. So, before any purchase, make sure the product is suitable for you.How to decide which spoon carving set is the best?
There are several criteria on which you can base your purchase, be it a spoon or any other carving knife set in general. It will depend on your personal needs and wishes, of course, but we can suggest several here, that we think are the most important.
First of all, you need to check the diversity of the set. Does it provide you with all the tools necessary for making the design you want to make? Does it contain only one piece or several types of hook knives? Are there any handy accessories that come with the knives, such as lathes or gloves?
Then, you want to check the quality. Usually, the brand will tell you a lot about a tool’s quality. If it’s a well-known brand, which is in the wood carving business for decades, then you can be quite sure it’s a good buy. However, this is not a rule. Sometimes amazing tools come from unknown stores on Amazon or elsewhere. Another way to check the quality of the tool is to read reviews, like ones you can find on our blog, or just read through the reviews of the product.
Of course, another criterion is the price. The cheapest isn’t always the worst, while the most expensive tools aren’t necessarily the best. It is your budget that will decide on the best price-quality ratio.