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    It is in my nature when learning something new to do a great deal of research and reading all I can get before embarking on, in this case carving, and taking tool to wood.
    in my reading I realized that learning how to keep an edge on a knife and other tools is mighty important.
    My question is where can I find sharpening supplies and carving supplies in general. I live in a rural area (near Gladwin Mi) so therest nothing within a few hours drive.

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Real easy - just google "woodcarving supplies"
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    • #3
      There are several different methods of sharpening wood carving tools. They all work.
      One uses water stones, one uses fine sandpapers, another uses machinery with grinding wheels.
      You have to pick out what you can afford and learn to use it.

      Tools: most of the time, you really do get what you pay for in money versus quality.
      When you decide on a carving style then buy a few tools for that.
      Not all carving tools work for all styles of carving.
      A set of carving tools looks nice but there will always be one or two wasted that you will never use.
      I've only ever bought 1 or 2 at a time and use them all.
      Brian T

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      • #4
        Unless you are fortunate enough to live near one of the major wood carving suppliers, you will probably have to purchase online as most of us do. Seminars and shows will generally be the best place for some hands on, if you insist on that, as some of the woodworking stores are usually limited in the wood carving tools that they carry and can't offer much advice or knowledge on the subject. Likewise for hobby stores. Fortunately, purchasing online or calling and ordering from other woodcarvers or suppliers is pretty easy and you can get some great recommendations. I have always received good service from Helvie Knives, Drake tools, Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers, The WoodCraft Shop, Old Texas Wood Carvers, and Heinecke Wood.
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        • #5
          To getting started in a decent way & not going overboard can still be expensive.
          K​​​nives: #1-1/4", #2-5/8", #3-1/4", #3-1/4",45°-5/32" & a good break down knife with 1-1/2"
          Sharpen: Get a three stone set up (Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening...) as an example, Wet & dry sand paper of grit from 600 to 1200, and some honing compound (stropman.com) I have no interest in these company, only giving you some areas to start looking and get ideas)
          Wood: Like Mike said; Heinecke Wood Products
          Chris there are so many different things you can get for your new hobby, It will just take time for you to get your own preferences . From expensive to cheap--one of the knives I use a lots is 9mm Stanley utility knife, the one that has break a blades, but it will take a good sharpen time after time and once you get use to, you wouldn't snap blades
          Have fun!
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Hi Sagitta, You have a carving club in your town named the Gladwin Carving Crew. If you google wood carving clubs in Michigan you will find the info on them. The members there would be glad to help you learning to sharpen and recommend the best or closest places for supplies.
            Hope this helps .
            Larry

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            • #7
              If you know what you are looking for....and the prices.....then go to Amazon and see if they have the items.....free shipping right to your door. One thing about Amazon , know the asking price.....and also if you were charged shipping and that cost before purchase. I order from the mainland Smokey Mountain woodcarvers is the top of my list, awesome people to deal with. And lately I order from Treeline. Locally Woodcraft.

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              • #8
                I agree with Larry - by all means contact the local carving club. If you want to order on line, in addition to the ones Mike mentioned, Http://www.woodcraft.com carries nearly everything you would need for sharpening and there are 3 in MI. Buy your knives from http://www.helvieknives.com They come carving sharp. For a beginner, a good starter set of gouges is https://www.flexcut.com/home/product...nners-palm-set I bought this set over 10 years ago, and I still use every one of the gouges - I lots of other gouges now, but I still use these. Of course, it all depends on what type of carving you intend to do. I do 3 to 10 inch carvings in the round (3D), primarily.

                Claude
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                • #9
                  Larry,
                  i tried reaching out to the Gladwin club, sent emails to 2 different people listed, the emails were returned stating that they were undeliverable.
                  I'm still trying to find something in the area I can make it to, but as for now I'm relying on books and videos.
                  Chris

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                  • #10
                    OK. Next real step is to pick a style of carving that you like. I ask because the tools can be very different (plumber & electrician & carpenter.)
                    Then you don't need to watch every video. Just remember that they are very good at sharpening tools and using near perfect wood.
                    Can I presume that you want to carve in wood? Carver here in the village works in silver. Nothing else.

                    I own lots of tools for carving 3D in the round in western red cedar.
                    I can sharpen all of my edges. I don't own the knives needed for some kinds of carving.
                    Brian T

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                    • #11
                      I am looking at relief and Caricature carving. I'm thinking relief would be a good starting point so everything I'm reading is aimed that direction. I'm going with wood because I've been working with wood for a long time, Scrollsaw and inlay.

                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        A good source of info on relief carving, including patterns, is at https://www.lsirish.com

                        Claude
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                        • #13
                          The most comprehensive on line carving classes I know of is Chris Pye’s . you can sign up for a month at a time, very reasonable. https://www.woodcarvingworkshops.tv/
                          Another is Carving Online. It is not bad but I learn more from Chris .
                          http://www.carvinonline.com/#What%20can%20I%20Learn
                          I also use most all the suppliers you have already been given.
                          Randy

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                          • #14
                            Chris...Heineke for wood, and you would do well to give Dallas Deege a call at Old Texas Woodcarvers. He and his wife are some of the nicest people in the carving biz and he can help you with tool suggestions, and he has great tutorials on caricature carving as well.

                            He also has a sharpening service that will put an edge on your tools you will not believe!

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                            • #15
                              http://carverscompanion.com/ccwom/the-vendor-files/

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