3 Types of Wood Carving Projects You Should Know

What Tools Do You Need To Get Started?

American-Made Woodworking Carving Tools

Thinking about getting started on a new project? Only just starting to learn how to do woodworking? Before we dive into looking at different DIY woodworking projects for beginners, it’s important to emphasize that having the right tools for the job is going to make all the difference. What are the best wood carving tools for beginners? The best place to begin is with a pre-made wood carving set. Not only does this ensure that you have all the basic tools you need to succeed with wood carving, it also saves you some money to buy the tools as a set. Depending on what kind of wood carving projects you are wanting to undertake, different types of tool sets will be more or less well-suited for your needs. U.J. Ramelson Company has been producing high-quality, hand-made wood carving tools from our New Jersey workshop since 1937. Ramlson is a third-generation, family-owned and -operated business that blends age-old tradition with modern wood crafting technologies. If you are looking for wood crafting tools made of the finest carbon steel, that are hand-forged, heat-treated, and tempered by professional craftsman shop U.J. Ramelson’s online product catalogue today. We have tools suitable for woodcarvers, artists, jewelers, students, and hobbyists alike.

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Our Most Popular Wood Carving Tool Sets

Basic Set 116

10pc Woodcarving Set w/ Leather Tool Roll 107/209

Basic 117 Set

Linoleum/Woodcarving Tools (219S)


What Makes for a Good Beginner’s Woodworking Project?

  • Simple
  • Functional
  • Inexpensive
  • Can be completed quickly
  • Doesn’t require specialty tools

3 Excellent Wood Carving Projects For Beginners & Experts Alike


#1: Whittling


#2: Carving in the Round


#3: Relief Carving

#1: Whittling

A great place to start once you get your new wood carving tool set is whittling small pieces of wood. When people think of wood carving as a hobby, whittling designs into spoons, animal shapes, and creating other small pieces are usually the first projects to come into people’s minds.

#2: Carving in the Round

Carving in the round means exactly what it sounds like: carving three dimensional, typically wooden, objects. Carving in the round requires you to pay close attention to the wood fibers and the strength of the material you are using. If you are carving a wooden bird, for example, in the round, it could be easy to accidentally carve too much off and end up with a bird with no tail or legs. Carving in the round is a great way to practice your wood carving skills.

#3: Relief Carving

Relief carving is actually in some ways more difficult than carving in the round, because it requires more care to ensure that the single viewpoint or perspective looks how you want it. It’s all about fashioning raised patterns on a usually flat surface. Reliefs can be just about anything you can imagine.

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More Specific Whittling Project Ideas

Have the wood carving tools you need but not sure what you would like to make? Consider some of the following ideas:

  • Painted wooden bird
  • Owl
  • Treebeard
  • Gnomes
  • A feather
  • Tiki idol
  • Spoons
  • Boomerang
  • Pizza wheel
  • Holiday decorations

The list of excellent crafting opportunities are endless. Whether you are a hobbyist creating cute wooden birds or a professional relief carver for cabinets or other handmade wooden furniture, etc., the carving tools offered by U.J. Ramelson Company are well-suited for your needs. Ramelson is one of the only USA-based wood carving tool manufacturers that provides fast shipping, satisfaction guaranteed, and unparalleled customer service

Shop U.J. Ramelson Company for the Wood Carving Tools You Need

U.J. Ramelson Company is one of the leading manufacturers of handcrafted hand carving tools and knives. We also sell a wide variety of other carving supplies and tools. When you want your wood carving projects to be a success, it’s important to have tools designed with precision, durability, and quality in mind. Shop our full product callague today!


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