Wood-Carving Tools for Kids

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Wood-Carving Tools for Kids
Kids can enjoy wood carving, too. (woodcarving maestro image by sumos from Fotolia.com)

Wood carving is an art that has been practised for centuries. Teaching children the proper techniques and how to use tools is essential for safety purposes. Basic wood carving can be mastered with practice and patience, resulting in a lifelong skill that is fun and practical. Always supervise children when they are learning wood carving, and have them practice on potatoes before switching to soft woods.

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Detail Blade

To create short and shallow cuts, a detail blade is used. A detail blade is small and straight and usually is about 1 1/2 inches long. A small pocketknife works well, but a knife with a fixed handle allows beginning wood carvers the ability to create safer cuts until the skill is mastered.


For creating details such as hair or small creases, gouges are used. Gouges can be purchased in "V" or "U" shapes and are available in varied widths and curvatures. A flat, wide gouge is used to remove large areas of wood. Beginning wood carvers might not be ready for using gouges until they have mastered the use of short blades.

Safety Glove

To protect children's hands from harm, a safety glove or thumb guard can be used. This will protect youngster's hands from small cuts when they mistakenly cut toward themselves. A leather glove might seem bulky and challenging while learning wood carving, but it will protect children from potential harm.

Sharpening Stone

A dull knife will cause more harm than a sharp one. Keep blades sharpened by regularly using a sharpening stone. Teaching children how to maintain woodcarving tools keeps those tools in good shape, and they will last longer.

Wood Mallet

For tapping a tool on a flat plane of wood, a small wood mallet will help create a cut. Wood mallets come in a variety of sizes. Because children won't be using a lot of force with beginning wood carving, a lightweight mallet is satisfactory.

Small Items

Small items such as a fingernail file, different grades of sandpaper, a small handsaw and pushpins are beneficial for wood carving. These items come in handy to create details in projects and also to help finish carved pieces.

Safety Kit

In the event a cut occurs, it is a good idea to have a small safety kit included with woodcarving tools. Bandages and disinfectant ensure that wounds will be cleaned and covered, keeping infections away.

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