By Chris Pye

From preparatory drawings and modeling to the various finishes that make accomplished carvings glow, here’s the way you pass approximately developing the particular undertaking. examine the diversities among tender and difficult woods, find out how to take care of defects equivalent to splitting and knots, and realize how grain, hardness, texture and sturdiness determine into your paintings. pictures consultant you alongside the best way.

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M A T E R I A L S & E Q U I P M E N T for woodcarving include the Arbortech, and varlous designs made by K~ngArthur's Tools. There are several possible designs. The cuttmng dlsc may be sol~d,with saw teeth or replaceable tungsten carb~de teeth around the edge, as m the Arbortech; or the des~gnmay conslst of a loose ring of chamsaw teeth around a steel centre, as m the King Arthur's tools. Some small curtlng d~scscan be fitted to h~ghspeed flex~bleshafts. Arbortech also produce a very useful smaller version of their disc, as a 'MmiGrinder', which I will also look at.

The lenguhs of these tools vary between 6in and 12in (10 and 300mm), but the curs all tend to be similar - that is, medlum. 38). The two ends may be different ot the same. Ihfferent manufacturers will have their own ~deaof what is most useful, or maketable. Possibly relating to the Old French n$m, meaning 'to scratch, sti~por plunder', thts bunch of as8orted raqps can fin~shoff comers and awkward ateas which are inaccessible to carving rools. They can perform particularly useful functions in undercut and p~ereedwork.

The surface may still need final grounding wmth flat (no. 3) gouges or scrapers to remove any tears left by the routmng. 52 A round-faced spokeshave (top) and two flatfaced ones. The s m d brass carvmg planes m the foreground have ~mtlaruses 22 c ACCESSORY TOOLS OTHER TOOLS The usual array of carpenters' tools includes hammers, screwdrivers, brace and bits, wheel brace (hand drill) and so on - all generally useful to a carver undertaking a variety of work. Although power drills have generally replaced the wheel brace, for example, it is sometimes simpler to pick up the hand tool from the side of the bench.

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