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    Hello, I am looking to give my friend, who is a hand carver, a gift. I know nothing about wood carving but want to give a unique and special gift so that they can enjoy carving this wood they might not normally be able to get their hands on. Please give me any and all suggestions.

  • #2
    In the days of the internet, carving supplies like tools, wood, books, and other items carvers use to create carvings, are all items that are readily available, so I wouldn't consider them as something unique.

    I would suggest you find out what type of carvings your friend likes and if there is a carver that inspires him/her. Purchasing a carving from that artist would make a truly unique gift.
    ....Dave
    Old carvers never die... they just whittle away.
    www.shellknobwoodcarvers.weebly.com

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    • #3
      Diobsud Forge, Lacking information on how much you want to spend this is my recommendation. I have managed to acquire a few of these over the years. I consider them to be the best carving tools I’ve ever used. What makes them a unique gift is that they haven’t been manufactured for close to 30 years. These are hand forged tools that were manufactured in Lopez Island, Washington. Some are currently available on eBay expect to pay around $100 per tool. My second suggestion is Beckwith Arts this is a forge in Pennsylvania https://www.facebook.com/beckwitharts/ They create some the the most beautiful and functional tools I’ve seen or owned. These will typically sell for $40 to $60.
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      • #4
        I understand what you are saying about a really special gift. But My wife would be just like you--she knows little about wood carving--and she's watched me carve for over 10 years now. If she was answering your question, she would tell you talk to your friend. Ask your friend to pick out something and then you pay for it. This way your friend knows your special intention, and to get something that would be memorable for both of you. My wife would be terribly afraid of getting something that I wouldn't like, couldn't use, or both. Trust me. Woodcarvers are somewhat particular when it comes to what they want. I'm still trying to decide what I like. But I've narrowed down somewhat. Like I said, I've been doing this a while.

        Bob L

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        • #5
          Think of woodcarving as music. It covers a wide range of tools, wood, techniques, and final results. Would you choose a musical instrument, composition, recording, or musical video for someone? Like those in the field of music, woodcarvers find their niche and seldom venture outside it.

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          • #6
            One big challenge that I faced was how to transfer the drawings to the wood, particularly with larger carvings.
            Layout tools. Marking tools, proportional dividers, pantograph, beam compass points, another bar of CrOx/AlOx honing compound, stuff my family never would have imagined that I'd need for "wood carving".

            Fortunately, I got a succession of Lee Valley Gift Cards that I used to get the tools that I needed.
            Lee Valley has all their catalogs on line and online shopping from them has always been a breeze.
            Brian T

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            • #7
              SNIP ..."special gift so that they can enjoy carving this wood they might not normally be able to get their hands on. Please give me any and all suggestions.[/QUOTE]

              You specifically mention wood as a gift, apparently missed by some who responded. That's hard to select for someone else...depends on personal preference, type of carving, quality of the wood, trusted supplier, etc., for making a great gift. It lacks pizazz, but I'd recommend a gift card to a well known supplier of quality carving wood. You could specify that it is to be used for trying a different wood for them to enjoy.
              Arthur

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              • #8
                This is a tough one! You might think of something like a "Warren 7 piece basic carving set" would give your friend the option of different blades, to maybe enable them to establish a favorite to buy in a fixed blade, Just my 2¢
                . . .JoeB

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                • #9
                  You couldn't go wrong with a supply of Northern Basswood.
                  Herb

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                  • #10
                    You've got some great suggestions, please let us know what you decide to do. Your friend is lucky.

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                    • #11
                      Try this, an interesting tool, skew cut, unique and available in several sizes.
                      https://www.chippingaway.com/shop/ha...detail-knives/

                      Bob
                      Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.

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                      • #12
                        There are already many great options here. But you know, sometimes it happens that the carver is not happy with a gift related to his hobby. My father has been doing this for 15 years, and he keeps me so far from his desk as possible. Yes, many years ago he taught me how to carve. But since the training is over, I'm not allowed to touch his instruments. And now we are only discussing carving. I'm not involved in his processes. Once I hinted that I was going to give him some kind of instrument. He wasn't happy with my idea. He said that the choice of tools also applies to his ban, so I just had to choose some joke on a site focused on gifts for dads. I doubted for a long time whether he would like the bacon air freshener, but he genuinely laughed, lol.
                        Last edited by elanelown; 02-15-2022, 10:02 AM.

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                        • #13
                          All of us use different tools and have different needs, which would include wood. I carve exotics but as hand carver the wood is hard to carve by hand. And although unique and exotic it may not be desired by different people. I could say most of us are picky in this area. I highly suggest a gift card like Brian was talking about and let them get their own truly desire wood carving need. Lee Valley or Treeline the woodcraft specialist or Woodcraft would be acceptable places.
                          . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

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                          • #14
                            Here's a place for you: http://www.colonialhardwoods.com I bought from them when I lived in VA.

                            Claude
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