Maori Carving - Tips for Carving Wood
Basic tips for carving.
Tips for Carving Wood
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The following list is a basic guide for carving of native wood and is by no means a complete list.
- Always work with the grain and have patience - for the grain goes where it wants to go, not where you think it should.
- Always work with sharp tools - if you can shave the hair off your arm without any pressure on your skin, the chisels are then considered sharp enough.
- One chisel should last at least seven lifetimes - don´t grind them unnecessarily- 10 seconds on a grinder takes off one year of life.
- Have patience and care as you do each stage - don´t move onto another stage until you have completed the previous one.