More than 10 years ago I began carving with nothing more than a pocket knife.

I have a small garage that doubles as a workshop. Even with the very little space available, I have managed to create an area for just about everything I need to enjoy working on my carvings. The most important area of my workshop is the work-bench where all of the shavings, cuts, and shaping takes place.

Second only to my strapping station, the most valuable machine I own is the Tormek grinder. This device is a water cooled grinding system that I used to repair all of my chissels.

Having plenty of exhausting hours of experience with hand sharpening my tools in the past, I know the worth of the Tormek. When completed the tools are "scary" sharp.

My most often used accessory is the gouge jig, as it holds the tools perfectly & sits on the guide bar with great precision.

The Wood

Wood is a contentious substance, there’s no two ways about it. Its virtues, of course, are legendary. It’s attractive, abundant and provides a certain easy with which to work. Pound for pound, it’s stronger than steel and if properly finished and cared for it will last indefinitely.

But none of that makes up for the fact that it’s a complex and often perplexing carving material. Unlike metals and plastics, whose properties are fairly consistent, wood is wholly inconsistent.