These items may be obtained locally or on the Internet thru the links provided below. 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 is located at 2077 Congressional Drive in St. Louis. See the website.
Rocklers is located at 11977 Saint Charles Rock Road - Ste 113 in Bridgeton. See the website.
Woodcraft Shop is located in Bettendorf, IA. See the website.
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. The glove is worn on the hand opposite the knife. Most are made to fit either hand.
A carving knife is required. 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. If you get this knife, purchase it “sharpened” unless you plan to sharpen it prior to the class. The Shipley knife has good steel, a thinner blade and comes sharpened. Flexcraft also makes a good knife that comes sharpened. If you already have a carving knife and want to use it, that is fine also.
A leather thumb protector is required. It is worn on the hand used with the knife.
A strop is needed to maintain the edge on your sharpened knife. The instructor will provide honing compound to load the leather strop. However, you may also purchase your own compound if you desire. Instructor will have 2” x 8” strops available for $9.00.
Woodcraft Shop: http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/1759-DUNKLE-STROP.html
Set of palm gouges
A set of palm gouges is required for the second session. 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.