Traditional Carving Using Traditional Tools: Do’s and Don’ts

by Ian Agrell

Mallet-and-Gouge Do’s
Correct tool control is all about using your forearm, fingers, and hands to support the carving motion safely and efficiently. Following these techniques will allow you to work longer while keeping your fingers in one piece. Best of all, your carving will look cleaner and crisper in the process.

Mallet-and-Gouge Don’ts
Here are a series of photos that show bad tool-handling techniques. Obviously it is important not to hurt yourself (or others) with these razor-sharp woodcarving tools.