In the final phase of boat building some details are given a refined finish. In this case we look at (wood)carving.
First we look at the equipment that the craftsman uses for this and in the second part we explain the successive operations on the basis of an example.
Tools and equipment that the craftsman uses for woodcarving.
The woodcarver mainly uses wooden mallets and chisels. The photograph on the right shows an example of a typical woodcarver’s mallet and a few sets of chisels. When starting a project all of the tools are set out on the workbench.
Wooden mallets are almost always used for woodcarving. A heavier mallet is used for the rough carving than is used for the detailed work.
Burins, gouges, flat, curved and spooned, chisels come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own specific purpose. To undertake the work it is important that the chisels are kept sharp. They are therefore ground and whetted regularly. To protect the chisels they are stored in a chisel roll.
A pencil, template, sliding T bevel, scribing blocks, tracing paper and gluing clamps are also used in woodcarving.
The example used is a carved nameplate.