Bare Bones of Carving

A master carver looks at essential tools and sharpening techniques.
By David Calvo
Pages: 53-57

From the October 2006 issue #157
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In 1979, after five years of college and with a philosophy degree in my hand, I was heading to interview for my first job as a woodcarver. My prospective employer, a second-generation woodcarver, told me to bring along samples of what I had carved and to make sure that I brought all my woodcarving tools as well.

His parting telephone comment was, “In the end, all I really need to see are your woodcarving tools. By looking at them I can tell a lot about your carving sensibilities.”

Still new to woodworking, I thought, “What is he going to do … use my tools like a set of Tarot cards to tell my abilities? Or is he going to read them like tea leaves in the bottom of the cup?” Today, 27 years later, I have collected a set of tools that have all the qualities he was looking for.

From the October 2006 issue #157
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