Update and Tool Selection Based On Project Scale

By November 28, 2016Power Carving, Tools and Equipment
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There has been a lot going on lately that has put an interruption in my posting and video creation.

At the beginning of the current semester I went back to school. It has been almost 12 years since I last attended school, and it has been great to get back to it. I am working on becoming an EMT and eventually a Paramedic.

I am ready to have a carrier that will help support my family financially. With my health problems I have not been able to provide for the financial support of my family for a long time. I am happy to be healthy enough to take over some of these responsibilities more fully.

I have also started working part-time. This started out as an experiment, but has since grown into something I enjoy, and can do.

With these things taking up more time, and the fact that my video production computer crashed on me, I have been busy. I am getting things sorted out so I can continue carving and sharing information with you through video and word.


Tool Selection Based On Project Scale

I get asked a lot, “What tools should I purchase?”

The answer to this question really depends on what type and size of project you want to carve. Ultimately, the tool selection is based on project scale and not the tool.

Here are a couple of things to consider:

  • The larger the scale of project the larger to tools should be initially to rough out the carving.
  • As the carving becomes more detailed the tools become smaller allowing for greater control and precision of cuts.
  • Tools used for roughing out one carving may be the same tools used for adding the final details depending on the scale of the carving.

Flex-Shaft Machine

A flex-shaft machine is a great all round carving tool. It will allow you to do a lot of roughing out of smaller projects, and begin to lay in medium sized detail with ease. On very large scale projects (like those utilizing a chain saw) the flex-shaft machine is great for adding the final details of the carving

Micro Carver

The micro carver is a great tool that gives the carver greater control over each cut. It also has a higher RPM rating than a flex-shaft machine. The burrs are smaller here, and the tool is easier to control. This allows for many fine details to be established with it.

High-Speed Engraver

The high-speed engraver is generally reserved for small work that will only be carved very shallow, such as 1/8″ or less in most instances, but can also be used to create very fine details on most carvings where the scale of the carving makes sense to do so.

Being a pneumatic tool will require additional equipment to make it work. Such things as:

  • Air compressor
  • Regulator

What You Should Do First

The first thing you should do is decide on what it is you would like to carve. Again, your tool selection is based on the project scale and not the tool. If you want to carve everything under the sun that is fine, but start with something specific. That way you can save yourself some expense with tool purchases. As you become a more proficient carver you can continue to purchase equipment and try other styles and subjects of carving.

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  • Manuel Ribeiro

    Hello there.
    I am doing some very detailed work on wood and a paste I make out of papioer mache.
    I want to have the extra detail, so I decided to buy a High speed engraver, but I find it Veeeery difficult to choose. Almost every blogger seems to have $$ interest in telling us what they think…
    Can you please point-me to the rigth direction? I am tryng to decide between the Turbocarver and the Shofu or the SCM….

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