chip carving


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.
Thanks
JH
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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 from there.

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How about pfeil tools?
How do you sharpen you WB knives? Ceramic stones? Strop?

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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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