How to start wood carving?
Learn How to Cut
Firstly, before starting to carve, it is important to first choose the right tool for the job. If you are planning to perform wood chipping, then you’d be better of with a chisel rather than a knife.
Secondly, it is important to hold the material firmly with one hand and use your tool with with the other. If you are performing whittling, cut using swift moves. Do not stop halfway. With chiseling, remove only small pieces at a time. Don’t go for larger pieces at it may ruin and break the material. Equally important is the wearing of knife-gloves. They will protect your fingers from the sharp edges of your woodworking tools.
How to Paint
Before painting, make sure to sand the surface to a smooth and polished finish first. For the best finish, it is recommended to manually sand your work using a lower grit sandpaper. This will allow the paint to soothe in deeper in the veins and pores of the wood. You can spray paint as this is the fastest way to get a professional finish. Additionally, you can also use a paintbrush to do so as this provides more maneuverability when painting intricate corners.
How to Fix Damage
Damages happen often when wood carving. On the bright side, there are quick and easy ways to repair them. You can use wood putty to mold or cover damaged parts. However, remember than when wood carving, the most important part is to cover the damaged part in a way that makes is seamless. You can further cover the wood putty buy sanding and then applying a layer of paint.
How to Make Wood Finish
There are several ways to make a wood finish when wood carving. Some wood types like Mahogany don’t even need one, since they already are very esthetically pleasing raw. However, you can boost the looks of your carved product by applying a coat of paint, veneer or varnish - whichever suits your taste and need the best.