Wood Carving Tools & Techniques for Beginners

Bill Anderson explains how to buy and use wood carving gouges & mallets to get started in carving furniture in traditional woodworking. See the tool list here:

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40 Comments

  1. Jesus was a Carpenter

    really enjoyed listening to this video. it is as if it was made in
    hollywood. the gentleman spoke with real elloquacy and detail. thank you.

  2. Holy crap! this is THE guy that skin colored bandages were made for.

  3. +jay sullivan yeah, I was looking at that too..

  4. I have a couple of questions. Firstly, what type of wood is the
    best/easiest to carve? Can you carve a branch you cut off of a tree or does
    it have to be manufactured wood? If you could take the time to answer my
    questions I would greatly appreciate it.

  5. Thank you for the awesome video. I’m hoping to bring a full line up of
    Japanese wood carving tools to my website (I don’t want to spam your video
    so I won’t put a link here, but my web page is in my profile). I have quite
    a few, but can you recommend what kind of Japanese wood carving tools and
    supplies I should sell? Thank you!

  6. This guy is dangerously close to sounding like Christopher Walken!

  7. +hootypatootie Ha, ha! I’ll let him know!

  8. +Goods Japan Sorry, but I use western style hand tools. But this store is a
    good reference: http://www.japanwoodworker.com

  9. +Wood and Shop Thanks!

  10. I have been thinking about starting a hobby in wood carving, this was a
    great video and very informative.

  11. +John Arrambide Me too! I just bought my first set of tools today. 😀

  12. Same XD

  13. +mackenzie breaux Use lime, poplar, or willow. Some species of maple are
    quite easily carveable. Cherry is good too, but the wood is harder.
    Generally, you should look for wood without growth rings in it and without
    knots – the more homogenous the wood is, the less likely it will tear.

    Don’t carve branches with chisels – you will definitely cut yourself – use
    a chip carving knife, or a penknife. Whatever you use, make sure they are
    very sharp (sharpen it at least to 1000 grit – sandpaper is the cheapest
    solution, then some polishing compound, then strop it on a piece of
    leather), and always cut away from you.
    Use a bench to rest the branch on it, avoing holding the branch in your
    hands while carving.
    Always put the holding hand behind the blade, so in case of slippage, you
    won;t cut your fingers.
    Make sure the wood it”s dry (at least a year of drying time), or it will
    warp afterwards.

  14. +Dumitru Ursu Thanks!

  15. can make a good living doing this type of wood carving?

  16. is the PFEIL full starter set a good beginners set or should I go with the
    bailey for a starters set?

  17. +jay sullivan Yeah when I first noticed that I was like “*teeth gasp* his
    finger is messed up that looks really gross” but then I realized it was a
    bandaid.

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  20. Do you not wear gloves while wood working?

  21. I just notice you have a lot of cuts on your hands

  22. +KILLKING110 i use a (Set of 12) by Ultimatecreek i bought them on amazon,
    uoi search ultimateCreek set of 12, so far they are really good.

  23. Thank you MASTER you let me know more about basic carving tools and
    knowledge. GOOD LIFE

  24. +Derpy hooves like real men 😉

  25. Paguro traduzioni

    What would be a good gouge size for a beginner (and poor), who wants to
    have just 1 tool to carve both spoons and bowls, and whatever else?
    For example, talking in mm
    10 mm, 15 mm, 18 mm etc.
    or whatever other size.
    My question is: what size of gouge is the more all round usable for many
    purposes and projects?

    Thanks!

  26. I second this question, hope we get an answer!

  27. Paguro traduzioni

    Trying and posting same question on other related videos, perhaps 🙂

    Thanks,

  28. I got 4 chisels for my 17th birthday. one year later I can really get
    detailed with a 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and a 1 inch chisel. But do any of you have
    some hints or tricks? I could really use some. Thanks guys!
    Also, love this video. I’m sooo goin’ to get me some more chisels this
    summer now that I knof this stuff.

  29. Your basic information us exactly what I need. Thank you for the first
    tutorial. I appreciate it as a beginner.

  30. he also sounds like bob newhart – professor proton! haha

  31. what kind of wood carving tool is like almost like a half a moon I figured
    it be hard to carve with it and how do you use it or used for? its wide
    like a normal wood carving tool but half a circle

  32. Thank you, that was very helpful.

  33. Thank you Bill, this is beautiful! :)

  34. Love to watch this kinda video done by experienced seniors!!!

  35. Dimostenes Marmatakis

    gyus while wood carvin always wear heavy duty gloves
    while i was carving wood i even though i was wearing gloves i got injured

  36. Thank you for making this.

  37. Jesus was a Carpenter o

  38. Jesus was a Carpenter

    +Clare Caffry 🙂 I’m not sure what o means but thank you anyway…

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