For all those knife lovers who are fascinated by this specific hobby, woodcarving can become an addiction – or even frustrating at times if approached using the bad equipment. Chainsaws or grinders may work pretty well when it comes to certain materials, but the easiest approach possible is none other than the mallet, gouge and chisel. Knives used for carving play a rather small role in the entire trade, on occasion quite useful when cleanup comes into play or for folk art small tricks such as ball-in-cage or wooden chain.
Relief carving was until not long ago a well known skill among most furniture manufacturers and depends on artistic abilities to known designs as it does on matching tool shapes or patterns. Full sets of gouges or chisels in a large range of sizes or sweeps make duplication for just about any design a project where numbers are very important. Chip carving mixes simple knife blades with geometric patterns, and even though this approach seems rather easy and simple, the best possible chip patterns are in fact beautiful and rather intricate, quite challenging even when the experts are concerned.
For sculpting the chisel and gouge offer almost infinite control regarding cutting or angle depth. Tools that are heavy remove waste wood rather fast, while smaller ones handle more fine details. Most tool sets are selected with great attention to match the entire scale of the task, having the most types intended to be directed by a mallet. The possible smallest mix with palm handles for only working with hand pressure.