If you like to do wood carving or making sculpture as your hobby, you surely need tools to make your creation. If you just starting this hobby, knowing your tools and how to treat your carving tools probably the best way to make everything easier for you, thus make efficient time when doing your work.
Let?s start by knowing more about these carving tools. The easiest part is the handle which mostly made of wood or plastic. It has two primary configuration blades in different shape which are very sharp. There are flat chisel types, or curved in cross-section for use as gouges. A flat chisel for carving has two bevels and each side looks the same. A gouge has a concave surface and a convex one. The concave side is known as the inside or channel of the gouge. The convex surface is the outside or back. The tang is a smaller portion of the steel that is fixed inside the handle. Some pull apart easily, others don’t.
Among all those part of carving tools, the most important is the blade. Because this part is mostly used when you do your work. So, it is better you take care of your carving tools blade before and after working. Even though, not only this part need to be taken care of, but all these parts need equal care. All deserve reasonable care.
Here are some tips you need when taking care of your carving tools:
* Get the tools sharp and keep them that way with maintenance strokes during and after a carving session. This way will save your energy and you will be in a better mood when you going to use it in the next work.
* Keep the tool sharp during your session, and give it a stroke or two, or three, as you put it away.
* Start by putting a really great edge on all tools when you first get them. You may wish to store your carving tools in a box.
* If a handle or blade problem unrelated to sharpening occurs during a session, deal with it then, rather than letting a lot of small concerns build up.
* Return tools to the box or roll as soon as you finish using that particular tool, not when the session is ended.
* Carving tools that are used nearly daily will not normally rust. The longer your tools are unused, the more protection they need from dampness
Working as above will help you keep your carving tools in shape and ready to go at a moment’s notice, while also making your work area safer and more pleasurable.