I would like to get started learning chip carving. What would you recommend
for equipment and books to get started with. I prefer to get excellent
quality tools up front rather than upgrade later on. Any suggestions you can
make will be greatly appreciated.
I have the Wayne Barton knife set. Excellent quality though the bevel angle
on the chip knife, as they come from the factory, is way to steep. Needs to
be reworked. His books are quite good too. There really isn't much to be
said about chip carving technique. A few basic cuts and it's just practice
For sharpening, I use diamond stones for initial edge shaping (this should
seldom be needed except for the initial shaping of the Barton knife). For a
finished edge, I use a hard white arkansas. If you get one of these, do
yourself a favor and get a Norton. There are many white arkansas stones out
there that really aren't what they claim. For touchup, I use a strop. When
the edge starts getting a bit out of shape, go back to the stone. I have
never used the ceramic stones, just rods. Based on the performance of the
rods, I would say that the stones should work well for you. I have never
used the Pfeil tools so couldn't say from experience but the do have a good
reputation. I think you would be happy with them.
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