Wood Carving Tools and Australian Sculptures.

wood carving tools

Wood carving tools were used with one of the oldest crafts in the world. Decorative handles on tools and weapons were carved in prehistoric times.

Normally when carving, the artist will use various methods and styles.  Different techniques include wood chip carving, relief carving and chainsaw carving. Wood carving patterns are created by various specialised tools. The carver has a basic set of tools in his or her tool kit.

Wood Work Sculptures

Most common wood carving tool available are

  • the carving knife: a specialised knife used to pare, cut, and smooth wood.
  • the gouge: a tool with a curved cutting edge used in a variety of forms and sizes for carving hollows, rounds and sweeping curves.
  • the coping saw: a small saw that is used to cut off chunks of wood at once.
  • the chisel: large and small, whose straight cutting edge is used for lines and cleaning up flat surfaces. (wikipedia.org/Wood_carving)
  • the V-tool: used for parting, and in certain classes of flat work for emphasizing lines.
  • the U-Gauge: a specialized deep gouge with a U-shaped cutting edge.
  • sharpening equipment, such as various stones and a strop: necessary for maintaining sharp blades on tools.

Here are some examples from various artists in Australia.

These pictures have been paid for the purpose of this article from shutter-stock.


11 thoughts on “Wood Carving Tools and Australian Sculptures.

  1. This is a great site.  My father was a woodworker.  I try, but I didn’t inherit his talent.  As I write this comment, I am actually looking at a small hand made tool box that holds his carving knives.  You site is amazing particularly because of the “selection wall” which you provide with links.  I just looked at a few of the links.  I am interested in some wood pieces for a small cottage I have.  This site will be very helpful.  Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much. There you go, we are all in some way connected. I appreciate your comments. Have a great day…Regards Jen

  2. Thanks for writing this article on Australian wood sculptures. The koala picture was so darn cute, I loved all the great patterns carved into him. You gave a very nice basic description of the tools that are needed to get started in wood carving. I would have loved to see some more pictures of the tools you’re talking about though, seeing as I have no idea what a coping saw looks like. 

    The only complaint I have about this article is the title. It is a bit confusing to me. I’m not sure what Australian wood sculptures have to do with the tool descriptions for wood carving. Other than that you did a great job.

  3. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. i am not sure i have seen anything as beautifully crafted with wood as these work of arts displayed here. i paused, starring at the pictures for a while before going on to finish the article

    1. Thank you Benny for you kind words of support. Yes it is beautiful and in real life its amazing experience. Some people are so talented in the craft. Many Thanks Jen

  4. Thank you for your article on wood working and sculptures as these appear to be a lot better overall than other normal sculptures. These appear to be more life sized and they exhibit a workmanship that is unparalleled to a lot of other sculptures. Do you think Australian wood working is the most beautiful type of wood working?

    1. Hi Jon, Thank you for your support and kind words. Yes aren’t they amazing? And in real life  its even better. I think we are very blessed in Australia to have such beautiful wood to work with. The natural species are hard and create beautiful lines in the work. People that live on the land in rural areas seem to have great talent in working with wood as a hobby and a home business. Each year in the major cities we have Sculptures by the Sea and they are fabulous to go and see… I will put a review of this years on my site….thanks again Jen

  5. Hi,

    Those wood sculptures are amazing! They look so elaborate especially the one from Australia. I think it took more than 1 sculptor to accomplish that. The sculptured bowl is also a work of art. What I want to know, however, is how do they make it so smooth? Probably by using sandpaper? 

    Great post, great images. Thanks for sharing


  6. Many thanks for the beautiful article on wood sculpture.From ancient times, house scopes have been the practice of wooden sculptures.No comparison of wood to beauty.Visible wooden sculptures can be seen in different countries of the world.I have a weakness for wood sculpture. Looking at the pictures in your article, there is nobody who is greedy to collect them.

    1. Hi there, Thankyou for your comments. Yes there is something very therapeutic when looking at wood sculptures. The talent it must take to do these large sculptures is amazing…Kind Regards Jen

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