ABOUT CARVING CHISELS
Types of Carving Chisels
1. Flat carving chisel:
It is used to smooth out any rough spots or grooves created by other carving knives. It can also be used to create gradient effect by scratching the surface like a scraper.
2. Skew carving chisel:
A versatile carving tool that can be used to make markings for the outline, smooth out surfaces or make detailed cuts with the tip. Generally the right-beveled skew is for right hand and a left-beveled skew is for left-hand users. As the skew gets thinner and smaller, it can do finer work.
3. u-gouge carving chisel:
It is used to create round grooves and carve out wide area. It can also be used to carve curved parts such as face of a person or a fold, a crease of robes, sheets, etc.
4. shallow u-gouge carving chisel:
It is used to carve out wider area than a regular u-gouge because the gouge is much shallow.
5. v-gouge carving chisel:
It is used to carve sharp grooves and outlines for reliefs and woodblock printing.
How to use a skew:
Hold the chisel like a pencil and face the flat side down. You can make a narrow groove with 2 cuts.
Hold the chisel like a pencil and place your left thumbat the front tip of the handle.
When carving wide area
Hold the chisel like a pencil and place your left thumb at the bottom of the handle.
When making deep cuts
Gently grip the whole handle and keep the chisel stable with your left hand.