Annette asked (ever so long ago, I'm afraid) what tools and types of wood that Benjamin uses for woodcarving. He carves with a Flexcut KN12 carving knife. It has a nicely shaped and sized handle for a young person and it has served him quite well. It is the topmost knife in the following photo. The bottom knife is relatively new to him. It is called a chip carving knife and is used to remove small pieces of wood from the surface of a carving. There are some free beginning tutorials here and here.
Ben wears a thumb guard as seen at the top of the photo. It is a heavy leather and has saved his hand many times. We highly recommend wearing a thumb guard. After slicing his hand once, he no longer forgets to wear it. Carvers can also wear a glove on the hand they do not use for carving. Ben's pair is pictured below.
They have a non slip rubber coating covering a Kelvar glove. You can find some inexpensive safety items here.
Regarding the type of wood used, chip carvers traditionally use basswood or butternut as they are lightweight. Here is some information on different types of carving wood.
Ben has been working with a man who is teaching him chip carving. This is his first project, an array of drawn patterns to practice chipping out.
It is so fun for me to watch him learn something completely of his own interest and skill. I do not know how to carve wood, other than to whittle the bark off of a stick. :) Ben has gained such satisfaction and confidence from his experience with carving.
Thanks for visiting this weekend!