Acquiring Power Carving Tools
Bob, I have two Foredoms, the 1/3 hp and the 1/4 hp. Foredoms a good machines and Dremel is too light weight. I have had trouble with going direct to Foredom for parts, but I now deal with Treeline in Provo. (treelineusa.com) PJ or Brian have been great in giving me some straight info. I even have been able to walk into their store and use various tools to see what I like.
The catch is to buy the right tools. A chainsaw carving has no use for a rotory carver, except maybe a die grinder. Gerry above, I think, is giving some good info. The Foredom can be a rotory machine or a impact chisel. From what little you describe, that might be the best of both worlds.
One BIG catch, don't buy every goodie that the industry wants to sell you. For example, at Lowes, there's these 3-M finishing pads that I cut out and use on an 1/8" arbor for sanding my small carvings. Lasts longer and way cheaper than what a carving supply might offer. And I know that I bought way too many burrs over the years. That's where talking to a reliable vendor could help.