Good morning, afternoon or evening, wherever you are! Hope everything is going well, you’re reaching new heights and goals in our shared hobby that is woodcarving and it’s not as tiresome for you as it is for me from time to time to decide what I want to get and do next. Usually, what I want is everything at the same time and with no cost, but that’s not realistic (quite sadly). So I’m stuck with choosing wood and tools for myself every time, especially if I want to try something new that I haven’t worked with before.
This is the reason why I’ve decided to write down some of my thoughts on looking for the best wood for whittling, the best tools or anything else considered the best in the area of carving. SImply because I strictly believe: you should never settle for anything less than the best. It is a meticulous process of finding that best, true, however it is very much worth it. The best tools make carving easier and faster whereas the best wood for whittling ensures you won’t have troubles in the process and won’t have to deal with cracks and holes in your main working material. It all sounds so perfect, so why not?
When I’m looking for something new, especially for the things that I haven’t ever tried before or the manufacturer I haven’t heard about, I always turn to other people’s opinions. Not to use them as the reasoning factor to buy or not to buy stuff, but simply as a guide. If most of the reviews are positive, that means the thing is good enough for me to try. That’s how it happens when I order basswood or any other carving wood, at least.
So it’s not a bad idea, from my perspective, to watch tutorials, unpacking videos or some video marketing stuff about the things you wish to buy. Seeing them in work will help you figure out if that’s what you need, how it will look or feel when you use it and so on – if you have the imagination for that, of course! And having or developing imagination is important in any creative hobby, carving amongst them, so get that imagination of yours going and you’ll see for yourself!
It’s also a great idea to read reviews on the seller’s platforms themselves, since there can be attached quite a few pictures of the product, their visible advantages and disadvantages and the overall impression, which are all quite important. Getting advice from different forums, especially in this community where it’s only a pleasure of talking to like-minded people, is a good thing as well. Chat to others, find out what they think about one type of wood or tool or another and get some perspective.
Usually the best wood for whittling is basswood – at least, on the beginner stages and if you like to paint your carvings a lot. If you like more difficult tasks or prefer the wood that has a gorgeous look by itself, you usually go for darker and harder woods. So decide what you like best, read up useful thoughts and recommendations on the places of getting that wood from and get creative with new materials to carve with. I’m going to do the same right now. Have fun!