Is walnut good for wood carving?
Walnut is the most chosen wood for many woodcarvers and furniture makers all over the world. It has fine but still open grain with beautiful movements. Rich colors range from very dark, almost black to very creamy colors.
Walnut is easy to carve, and it looks amazing you don't even need to apply any stain. The natural look of walnut wood shows beauty on its own.
Is walnut hard to carve?
Depends on the project you are working on. It could be hard and could be easy. Thicker piece of walnut You have to carve harder than it becomes. But on another hand, it all relative to the woodcarving tools you have.
Ask those three questions :
How many wood carving tools you have?
More tools you have more You can do. At list famous woodcarver of 17th-century Grinling Gibbons thought so. When You will visit England, visit some places with the work of Grinling Gibbons. Note what year he carved and compare it with previous works of a master.
You will find a very interesting fact. Later work of GG is much more intricate. You can say it is because Grinling Gibbons accumulated experience with years of everyday carving. It is true, but only to an extend. But and big but, Grinling Gibbons himself was a collector of woodcarving tools, and if a book written by David Esterly about Grinling Gibbons is accurate. GG said it is because of the woodcarving tools he collected during his professional life as a Master woodcarver, he could carve those amazing pieces of true woodcarving art.
Books for Woodcarvers
I have a list of Good books for Woodcarvers to read on Amazon.com
Is walnut hard to carve?
It is easy to carve with the right tools. The bigger the woodcarving tools You have faster you will carve your project. And easier it becomes.
How sharp Your wood carving tools are?
Sharpness of woodcarving tools is one of the most important keys to success in art of woodcarving in general. And especially it applies to carving walnut because walnut is a little harder than basswood. In my school of woodcarving I have multiple videos about how to sharpen woodcarving tools. Metter in fact my very first woodcarving lesson I recorded was on sharpening woodcarving gouge.
Often I see frustrated beginners in woodcarving hobby because of dull tools. When You are buying woodcarving tools, usually they come pre-sharpened " ready to carve" out of the box. It it could be and it also could be bad. What I mean by that? t is good because You can pull a woodcarving gouge out of the box and start carving. But y question is: How long it will last? 30 minutes, maybe an hour? your tool will become dull quick enough. It is good that you are getting sharp tools, but it is better if You reshape and resharpen Your woodcarving tools from day one.
What bevel it the best for woodcarving?
Different wood, different bevel it requires for woodcarving. Softer wood, like basswood you will need low bevel. Low bevel will slice trough fibers of basswood like a knife through butter. Harder wood, like oak You will need higher bevel. Higher bevel is stronger and you need a strong edge o a gouge to carve oak. Walnut is not to soft, and it is not too hard. You will need medium bevel, more on lower side.
Do you have a very good woodcarving design?
Design for wood carving is not the same as for fine art. When I am designing for woodcarving, I always have to ask myself couple questions. What tools I have, how am I going to carve with those tools. It is important to understand, woodcarving is 3-dimensional form of art. Even if You are working on a Furniture Panel and Your carving is shallow, it is still 3-D. Especially it is important if You are intending to carve walnut. Why? Because walnut a little crunchy wood and You can't do to tiny details. It will just break off.
Where to buy wood for carving?
The best option is to buy it from your local hardwood lumberyard. It is almost always more economical. Just go to Google and search for hardwood lumberyard around me. You can buy in larger quantity and save even more.
If in your town is a woodcraft store, they usually carry some walnut.
to buy it online.
Walnut is on the expensive side for a domestic wood. You should expect to pay cost that are double what you might pay for Oak, Basswood or Cherry.
Amazon offers a lot of choices from different suppliers.
Check price for Walnut at Amazon.com
Why is walnut wood so expensive?
Walnut is Expensive because of supply limitations. All over the world local natural resources harvesting laws limiting how much of walnut trees could be cut down.
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