While often lumped together with fine art sculpture, traditional carving focuses on craftsmanship.
The results are often classified as decorative home pieces or as architectural elements. Most often carved "in relief" (or in two dimensions) pieces created by stone or wood carvers may also be "in the round" with special attention paid to the total 3D aspect of the work.
Stone or wood carvers, just like sculptors, are especially trained in the use of carving tools and techniques in traditions handed down over centuries.
Due to the relative softness of most types of wood (as compared to stone), hand tools are still the primary source of creating decorative wood carvings, although dremels, routers, and other electrified tools may be used for delicate or extremely detailed work.
The following is an illustration of a basic wood carving tool kit: 1. chisel 2. gouge 3. skew 4. parting tool 5. fish tail 6. long bent 7. short bent 8. wood carving knives
The carving trade may be fast dissipating due to the modern use of stone, glass and other materials for decorative or building work, but the traditional skills of stone carvers and wood carvers are still in high demand for building restoration work, as well as for original pieces by discerning crafts enthusiasts.
For the curious or the passionate carver, sharing ideas and seeing
what others are carving is both fun and a source of inspiration.
The Web is the best place to find other carvers in wood
or stone, as well as tools of the trade, online galleries, and
resources for the amateur hobbyist or professional carver working
in stone or wood .....