What chisels should a new carver get ? I suggest alternating the numbers and staying with “smaller” sizes. But I wondered , just how much damage could someone do with this selection and just what is possible to carve,O.K., I’ll find out? Leaves seemed to be popular, but I like Acanthus and some thought I make them look easy and they would like to try them,O.K.I’ll do those.
So I had a slab of Mahogany, would have used basswood but this was handy, all one piece,1 1/4″ thick 11″ wide 20″ high.So I took a few minutes , sketched a quick design, since it’s symetrical you only have to do half.Layed it out on the wood , cut it out, and the second installment is on the second post.By the way,,I don’t own any dog legs or any sort of hold downs ,never did. I use tape , a piece of ply, and a couple of “C” clamps,easy, fast,, doesn’t get in the way nor mar the carving,and most can get tape and a couple of ”C” clamps pretty easily and you can clamp it ANYWHERE you want or take it with you, don’t gotta have a carving bench doing it this way( I don’t have one of those either).