Fundamentals of Woodcarving

Instructor:  Charles Sapp
November 2014

For the first session, a carving glove, thumb protector, carving knife and strop are required. These items may be obtained locally or on the internet thru the links provided below. Woodcraft is located at 2077 Congressional Drive in St. Louis and they have a web site. Rocklers is located at 11977 Saint Charles Rock Road - Ste 113 in Bridgeton and they have a web site. Woodcraft Shop is located in Bettendorf, IA and they have a web site. Rich Weitzman is a local carver that also sells tools; he lives in Creve Coeur (314-920-7867). The Old Texas Woodcarver is in Magnolia, TX and they have a web site. The list below provides information on each item and a list of suppliers. Also bring a pencil or mechanical pencil to the class.

You may purchase supplies locally or on the internet. When purchasing locally, mention you are taking a class taught by a member of the St. Charles Area Woodcarvers to see if you can qualify for a discount. Woodcraft and Rocklers typically offer a 10% discount on hand tools to club members. Contact the instructor (Charles Sapp 636-928-0149) if you have any questions.

 

Carving Glove

A cut resistant carving glove is required to help prevent accidental cuts. The glove should have Kevlar and/or steel knitted into it. The glove should fit snug so that you can grip your carving. Knifehandler makes a good glove. Woodcraft has these gloves in stock so that you can check the fit and pick your size. Woodcraft Shop is located in Iowa and will ship items. Bass Pro and Wal-Mart have a fillet glove with steel knitted into it that is also good; however, the choice of sizes is limited and the fit may not be snug depending on the size of your hand. The glove is worn on the hand opposite the knife. Most gloves are made to fit either hand. They should fit snug – no excess material at the end of the fingers. You need to feel/grip your carving.

Woodcraft: http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=carving%20glove

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/Search.aspx?searchTerms=gloves&submit=true

Wal-Mart: http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_constraint=0&ic=48_0&search_query=fillet+glove&Find.x=0&Find.y=0&Find=Find

Bass Pro: http://www.basspro.com/Offshore-Angler-Fillet-Gloves/product/103737/

Rich Weitzman: Knifehandler and other brands

Texas Woodcarver: http://www.texaswoodcarvers.com/Pages/Beginners_Page.htm

 

Carving Knife

A carving knife is required (1 ¼ to 1 1/2” blade). Do not buy a cheap knife from hobby shops as they will not hold an edge. The Murphy bench knife at Woodcraft is a good introductory knife (it was my first knife). If you get this knife, purchase it “sharpened” unless you plan to sharpen it prior to the class. The Shipley (now OCC) knife has good steel, a thinner blade and comes sharpened. Flexcraft also makes a good knife that comes sharpened. The Helvie knife is also very good. OCC has a dealer in Bridgeton, I am trying to get a price on his knives (they will probably be the same as on line, but without shipping if you want to pick it up). If you already have a carving knife and want to use it, that is fine also.

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/c/531-OCCT-Knives.html

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/3160-1-7-8-MURPHY-BENCH-KNIFE-SHARP.html

Rocklers: http://www.rockler.com/search/go?w=woodcarving%20knife&asug=&sli_uuid=&sli_sid=

Woodcraft: http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=carving%20knife

Rich Weitzman: Murphy and Flexcraft

Texas Woodcarver: http://www.texaswoodcarvers.com/Pages/Beginners_Page.htm

 

Thumb Protector

A leather thumb protector is required. It is worn on the hand used with the knife. I recommend the closed end thumb protector. (You can also cut the thumb off an old pair of leather gloves.)

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/Search.aspx?searchTerms=thumb&submit=true

Woodcraft: http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=thumb%20guard

Rich Weitzman: Variety available

Texas Woodcarver: http://www.texaswoodcarvers.com/Pages/Beginners_Page.htm

 

Strop

A strop is needed to maintain the edge on your sharpened knife. The instructor will provide a chromium oxide honing compound to load the leather strop. However, you may also purchase your own compound if you desire. Yellowstone and iron oxide powder are typical compounds.

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/1760-DUNKLE-STROP-AND-YELLOWSTONE-COMPOUND.html

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/1828-2-SIDED-LEATHER-FACED-STROP-WITH-HANDLE.html

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/288-SMALL-WOOD-IS-GOOD-HONE-STROP.html

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/1759-DUNKLE-STROP.html

Woodcraft: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2000241/10513/Strop-Woodcraft-Bench.aspx

A member of our club may have strops available (2” x 8”) for $9.00.

Set of Palm Gouges

A set of palm gouges is required for the advanced session. It is not needed for the Fundamental’s class. Do not buy a cheap set from hobby shops as they will not hold an edge. The Powergrip sets come honed and ready to carve. The Ramelson set comes factory sharpened and will probably require some honing before use. Both are good sets. The Ramelson #117 set is the set I started with and provides a good mix of tool shapes. The Texas Woodcarver also provides a set that mixes the 117 and the small size #117R tools that are handy for small carvings (Cabe special). Rich Weitzman will also build you a custom set of palm tools if you want.

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/785-5-PC-POWERGRIP-CARVING-SET.html

Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/3140-6PC-STANDARD-PALM-HANDLE-117.html

Rocklers: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2434&filter=carving

Rich Weitzman: Ramelson (should come honed, mention class)

Texas Woodcarver: http://www.texaswoodcarvers.com/Pages/Beginners_Page.htm