Hey and let’s have a nice productive discussion on wood carving tools, shall we? We’ve all, probably, had a moment or two when we weren’t sure where to get exactly what we need – a certain chisel, a knife or maybe an exact kind of wood blanks. Whatever it is you seek, there are some more common things and some more rare – that’s just how it works. So today I’d like to take a minute or two and devote them to finding good sources for wood carving tools.
You can surely find a wood carving knife Bunnings stored (or anywhere similar) if you don’t trust online shopping systems or postal delivery. However, I’d still prefer online – it’s that much easier, plus has a greater variety of things for you to choose from. You can also find out what other customers think of the product you need. Reviews are quite often helpful when you are in doubt, so why not use the opportunity to check them out?
Of course, you can do that for any tool you want to buy in the shop – let’s take the same wood carving knife Bunnings, for instance. You can read up on it online and then buy in the store as an option. It consumes more time and isn’t the most convenient one, but it’s a compromise and a good one, at that. So suit yourself with the approach and find what fits you the most – choosing and buying the tools shouldn’t be in any way stressful to any of us, or the relaxing part of wood carving gets thrown in the trash like that.
However, not all the wood carving tools shops have managed to create a proper online store, that’s also true. They sell on Amazon and that’s about it. I don’t really like that, to be frank, because it makes me feel as if the manufacturer doesn’t care much about its brand, feedback from the customers or their comfort. It gives off a bad impression to me personally so I don’t bother myself much with such an experience. Certainly, it also depends on how interested and loyal you are to the hobby, because if you carve once a month, you probably wouldn’t care much about the brand view and such things.
There are also great examples such as BeaverCraft – they’ve got a website where you can order the tools, an Amazon store for that as well, some others in addition and a very reliable social media (reliable in terms of regularity) where they share tips for carvers, some insights on the processes and advice on materials. They’ve also got a great blog on their tools’ website that shares articles with tips, suggestions and so on so it’s worth taking a look if you’re interested in up-to-date information and new food for thought.
That’s just my view on how wood carving tools should be sold and how we, fellow carvers, should be treated. I hope you’ll find some use of my thoughts here and won’t get stressed about shopping for the instruments anymore – I promise you it’s not worth it. Make this simple for yourself, and you won’t regret it. Try out local stores, online shopping, borrowing from neighbors – whatever works for you. It’s easier than it seems! Good luck with your search and I hope to have calmed you down a little.