I got my first few chisels in the mail today. They are basic tools but kind of beautiful. The blades are polished smooth as mirrors and sharp enough to shave with. I'm terribly eager to try them out, but I don't have a good set of sharpening stones yet, and I still need someone to teach me the proper sharpening technique. I also got a small wooden mallet to go with the. The set I have seem like a good start, but I still need a knife to go with it and I an already imagine other tools that I will wish I had as soon as I start doing any serious carving. I can also tell there is going to be a pretty dramatic different thought process involved in carving compared to the sculpture I have done previously with was almost entirely in clay. The ability to add as much as I want to a piece seems like a real luxury compared with the reductive approach of of wood carving demands.
Tools - Amar
13 April 2008 @ 12:05 am