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What Is the Best Wood for Carving Projects?

There are many different species of wood so it’s important to know each woods’ individual characteristics before you begin a carving project. Nearly every kind of wood can be used for carving, which means there is an abundance to choose from! Here are some best woods you can use:


This type of wood is a popular choice for beginners since it’s soft and has very little grain. Basswood has a white color and has been used in woodworking for centuries. You can also find it easily in stores and is a great wood to start learning to carve on.


Butternut is another great option for beginners since it’s a softer wood type. It has more of a brown color compared to basswood, and is related to walnut but can be carved easier. This type of wood can be polished nicely, but you should be prepared for wormholes.

Black Walnut

Black walnut is a more expensive choice of wood, but it comes with a rich color and grain, making it popular for a wide range of projects like furniture or gunstocks. This type of wood should be carved with sharp tools and a mallet to get the best results. 


This type is also a popular wood for carving projects. Oak comes with a wide variety of features that makes it almost the ideal material to work with. It’s strong and sturdy with a defined wood grain making it a favorite for furniture. 

UJ Ramelson is dedicated to providing the best quality products and service to all of our customers. Our wood carving, jewelry, and other craftsman tools are hand forged, heat treated, and tempered by our own experts. Contact us to learn more about the products we offer and how we can help on your next project.