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    Hi there! I stumbled on some carving videos by the terrific Doug Outside on YouTube. At first, I thought his videos were "merely" relaxing and fun -- but over time I found myself encouraged and dare I say inspired? It didn't take long to get a bit of an itch to play around myself.

    I'm a 40-something who works in tech. This means, for sanity, I tend to enjoy hobbies which get me away from computers, and out into the physical world. I have absolutely no woodworking experience and own only a few around-the-house tools, and have very little intuition for how this carving stuff works. Should be fun to dive in and figure out!

    To get started, Doug in his videos recommended an 1 3/8ths knife from Shipley or Helvie, a v-cutting palm tool of some kind, a sharpening "strop" with compound, and some blocks of basswood. ...Half of these words were wholly unfamiliar to me and I needed to look them up. Heh. I also picked up a couple books of beginner projects, at least one of which is related to our host's publication. Oh, and a knife glove. Can't forget safety.

    Anyway, I thought I'd drop in and say hello. Please hollar if you think there's something I'm missing, or just want to say hi.

    Thanks, and good to meet you all!
    Last edited by Gazebo; 08-12-2018, 01:49 PM.

  • #2
    Welcome aboard. Lots of ideas floated around here. You should find something to pique your interest.



    • #3
      Welcome. This is a good shop.

      Keeping your edges "carving sharp" is something you need to learn to do.
      Dull edges are in danger of slipping and pushing hard takes the fun out of carving.

      Craft store wood is usually poor quality. By poor I mean tough to carve, maybe splintering.
      Brian T


      • #4
        Welcome to the forums, Jason, and welcome to the wonderful world of wood carving! Doug Outside gave you some spot on recommendations. A carving knife, V-tool and block of basswood (the type of wood most wood carvers carve) are all you need to get started. The strop and compound are important for keeping your tools sharp.

        Helvie is a brand of knife. I carve with Helvie knives and they are excellent knives. I also recommend a Helvie knife. 1 3/8" refers to the blade length on your knife. I find 1 3/8" - 1 1/2" is a good length for your all around carving knife. You can also order a good 1/8" or 1/4" palm V-tool from Helvie. Go to

        You will need to order basswood and here I strongly recommend you order your basswood from Heinecke Wood Products (715-822-3524). They will cut however many pieces of basswood you need, cut it to your specifications and deliver it right to your door. It's the best basswood you can get anywhere. Since you are just starting out, and someone else can maybe help me with this, I suggest you order some 1" x 1" and 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" pieces cut into 4" and 6" lengths. You might even get some 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" cut to the same lengths. You can carve all kinds of different projects with these sizes of wood.

        Hopefully this helps you get started in the right direction. Lots of others are here to help as well. Just don't be afraid to ask questions.
        Keep On Carvin'
        Bob K.

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        • #5
          Hi Jason
          Welcome to the bunch. Go to this website and look at Gene and Arlene's videos, there are enough to keep you busy for a long time.


          • #6
            Welcome, Jason! Feel free to ask all the questions you like, no matter how basic (or how dumb you may feel!), we've all been there and all of us have benefited from our friends here on the forum. We love to help each other. I second Bob K's recommendation of Heineke for you wood.

            After you get your feet on the ground, be sure to take a look at the various types of woodcarving, such as relief and chip carving, for example.


            • #7
              Welcome to the site Jason, there is allot of very talented members here to get some really great ideas form.


              • #8
                Well, you are on your way to seeing what a great site this is. the above suggestion is pure gold from some of the best. We are glad to have you aboard, Hit us with any question you might have, there will be an answer come in a short time You'll find carving will keep your mind every bit as busy as your present job, the big different∙∙∙∙ it is relaxing
                . . .JoeB


                • #9
                  Welcome Jason,... all of the previous post cover just about everything you will need to know to get started. .......... what they neglected to tell you is that woodcarving is very addictive , once you start there's no turning back.
                  visit often and don't be afraid to ask questions, we were all beginners at one time
                  Last edited by Soggy; 08-13-2018, 07:50 AM.
                  If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...


                  • #10
                    Hello Jason and welcome to the forum. Good group of helpful people here. I would only add safety glasses and a box of Band Aids,



                    • #11
                      welcome aboard


                      • #12
                        Welcome to the forum, Jason! I agree with ordering your basswood from Heinecke Wood Products The basswood from the hobby stores is not good stuff.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the advice, pointers, and warm welcome!


                          • #14
                            Welcome! The knives Doug recommends are excellent choices. Mike Shipley is a woodcarver turned tool maker, and any of his knives are great choices. The folks at Helvie knives make great products, too.

                            I have several of Mike's knives, and currently own 1 Helvie knife.

                            I recommend Flexcut V-tools, and Flex Cut makes a strop and compound as well. It has the proper profiles for stropping gouges, V-tools and can be used to strop your knife as well.

                            There are many hundreds of years of advice within this forum. While you may get varied opinions, you really can't go wrong with any of the advice you get here!


                            • #15
                              Welcome to the group!
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