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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2010, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Is carving easy?
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Best way to find out is to get a good sharp knife and a carving glove and give it a try. I first started out using exacto knives and a pocketknife. There are lots of very accomplished carvers out there who use nothing more than a pocketknife. It's a great hobby.
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Carving glove?

Didn't know there was such a thing. But then I know nothing about carving. Have been thinking about learning.

The first thing I would invest in is a protective glove, because I'm absolutely sure I would slice myself wide open.

Do that every once in a while in my kitchen.

Last year I cut myself opening a can of cat food. Severed an artery and the nerves to my left index finger. The wound went to the bone, got stitched up at the emergency room. My finger is still numb on one side.

I'm very cautious with sharp implements now. But have the itch to learn wood carving, and will search this site for some starter lessons.

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I don't think it's easy. If easy, many people will do this job. But it is said nothing is difficult if you put your heart into it. right?
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I know these post were long ago but why did not someone answer the lady's question. Carving Glove?

Thats gotta be some kind of kevlar material? or how about a welders glove? What do I know. like where are those kind of gloves found?


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I've seen chain-mail carvers gloves in the past, but for myself, I use heavy leather gloves with the fingers cut off.
I stuff an extra layer of leather under the palm once in awhile - depends on what I'm doing.

I also use individual finger protectors, which are leather on one side and a spandex material on the other. They just slip over the fingers/thumb I'm trying to protect.

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I guess I should have been more specific. I would post a link to a carving glove but the forum won't let me post unless I have 10 posts. Google Woodcraft and add .com. they have a search function and just search for carving glove or safety glove.

Keep in mind it does not protect against a piercing cut but will protect against a slicing cut. You should always keep your fingers and other body parts out of the way of sharp instruments. Check out woodcarving clubs in your area. There is a magazine called WoodCarving Illustrated that you can find at bookstores and they also have a forum where there are lots of carvers with answers to any questions you might have. Just add a .com to the magazine title.

There is a web site called LittleShavers that I have been told provide beginners sets for a reasonable price and they come sharpened. I have never purchased anything from them but from what I understand they are very nice to deal with. Basswood is probably the most preferred wood to carve and the northern basswood is supposed to be preferable to southern grown basswood.

Many carvers carve with nothing more than a pocket knife but there are many different tools you can use. Some folks like to power carve. Using a Dremel or similar type tool.

It is a very satisfying hobby and can provide lots of entertainment. You just need to get started and practice.
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