Before attempting to carve wood, it's important to know that the softer wood is, the easier it's going to be to carve. Find out how to carve wood gradually with a razor blade with help from a woodworker and antique restorer in this free video on carving wood.
Hey, I'm Curtis Martin from Wilmington, North Carolina at Martin Custom Woodworking and I'm going to show you how to carve wood. Whether you're a novice or an expert, there's a couple different ways and things you need to know about wood. One, is the wood you're carving, the softer the wood, the easier it's going to be carve. I've got a piece of pine here and a piece of oak. And to start off, let's say you're going to carve something that you're trying ti imitate. So you get a pattern of whatever you're doing, you want to trace that pattern on the wood, as accurately as possible. The more accurate you get to tracing of course, the more accurate the carving is going to be in the end. Right now that you've got the parts you're going to duplicate, traced out, you want to relieve that area all around. You're going to score with a razor blade knife, it's one of the easiest things to work with, a sharp. You do gentle gradual cuts, slowly cutting through the fibers of the wood. You're not trying to get it all in one pass, you're just come back and slowly get deeper and deeper. Try to get about an eighth inch to 3/16th relief depth with the knife. Once you feel brisker, you've cut a nice pattern around your drawing, and you've scored it well, you're going to come back to your chisel. Depending on the size of cut you need, is the size of chisel you use. I'm using a quarter inch chisel here, just working it into the corners, slowly and easily and trying to flick those pieces of wood out. You can use the side of the chisel, the front of it, you want to be careful when you get close, just slow down and just try to wiggle the knife, just wiggle the chisel a little bit, wiggle it a little less. Takes again, slow short passes, you don't want to take too much off, just work your way around. What we're trying to do is, get a relief around it and give it a three dimensional look here, the carving. When you get in close, is when you've got to slow down a little bit. Then you just got to feather it out to the outer edges, just smooth it out, flush again with the surface of the wood, you started with. It doesn't take long to move a lot of material, so you want to be careful, when you get close to your, to your line that you don't cut through. And that's how you get started in the outline of what you're trying to carve.