How to Season Lumber for Carving?

Answer Wood that is carved when it has a high moisture content may crack or split, so it's usually best to dry it first. The process of seasoning lumber removes moisture to a desired level. Air-drying woo... Read More »

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Nominal Lumber Sizes Vs. Dimensional Lumber Sizes?

Lumber for building has two size references: nominal and dimensional. Nominal dimensions refer to lumber before it is cut and dressed to size at the mill. Dimensional lumber is the product that lea... Read More »

What is a chainsaw carving bar?

A chainsaw carving bar is a long, flat metal bar that supports the rotating chain of a chainsaw. This bar comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. A carving bar is slimmer than normal chainsaw bars ... Read More »

How do I use carving tools?

Carving tools are used in woodworking projects of all shapes and sizes. You can use them for rough finishing and shaping, or to make more intricate designs. Knives, chisels and gouges all are used ... Read More »

How do I dry wood for carving?

Wood SelectionSelect maple, hickory or walnut wood. These are good woods for carving. Make sure there is enough wood to carve what you would you like, and remove bark from the wood to allow moistu... Read More »