HELPFUL HINTS FOR THE WOODCARVER
These are topics I use when I teach beginning carving.
I will expand on some of these over the next few months.
Your tools must always be sharp.
Use the wood grain to your advantage: (A) Strength (B) Aesthetics
Never cut in the direction where your knife blade can go between the wood fibers.
For a clean cut, sever all the wood fibers.
Develop a mental image of what you want before you start carving.
Analyze each cut before you make it: (A) Why am I making this cut? (B) Where are my hands in relation to the tool blade?
Analyze each cut after you make it: (A) Did I achieve what I wanted? (B) What did I learn?
Clamp your work whenever possible.
When making a "stop cut", the handle of your tool should angle over the piece you want to save.
To have control of a cut, you should always see both edges of your gouge.
Don't detail too soon.
Never put anything that bleeds in front of the blade.....