My introduction to learning how to carve something out of wood was several months after Christmas. The living tree that was once in my living room with gifts underneath it, was now dry, dead and laying on my patio. I couldn't bring myself to get rid of the tree and the huge trunk got me thinking about how I could reuse it.
Without any knowledge I began removing thin branches and scraping away at the bark with a chisel to reveal the wood underneath. Long story short, I ended up making a small elephant and some candle holders out of the Norwegian spruce wood, I listed them online for sale and I kept them on a shelf until they sold. This wood was very difficult to work with and I have learnt a lot since then.
The following Christmas I was gifted a book on whittling that had many woodcrafts that you could make and since then I have been carving away at different types of wood to make spoons, ornaments and more. Whilst dangerous, wood carving is a fun hobby and it always feels good being able to make something.
As well as selling hand carved items to our customers, we want to provide more value to you by teaching what we have learnt over the years. Below you will find resources that will help you get started on your wood carving journey, please ensure to read the health and safety notes before proceeding. This is the wood carving for beginners course.
Health & safety
Carving is not easy at all, it can make your hands ache worse than the gym, It is very dangerous and should not be done if you are not qualified to do it. You must always ensure to follow good practices for health and safety. Not just from this article but you must do the research necessary so that you can handle sharp tools safely.
Storing your knife correctly should be your number one priority, never keep knives or tools laying around as they are very sharp and could easily cause harm to others. Many woods are in some form toxic and could irritate your eyes, skin, and lungs so you should always wear a face mask that offers protection against the dust fibres, protective gloves that will prevent injury to your hands and goggles so that you can protect your eyes.
The safety equipment you need will vary from project to project but it is important that you understand the dangers and potential hazards. Choosing a safe place to carve is also important and you will need to carry out your own risk assessments before starting to carve. If in doubt, seek advice from a qualified professional. Carving anything out of wood is done at your own risk and we take no responsibility for your negligence.