5 Woodcarving Cuts for Beginners

Traditional gouge tools are versatile starting points for woodcarving.

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The first step into a new craft can be overwhelming: Where to start? What tools to buy? What projects to begin with? Thanks to author and internationally acclaimed woodcarver Chris Pye, “Chris Pye’s Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual: A Beginner’s Guide to Traditional Techniques” is filled with everything a beginning woodcarver needs to know. 
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Stab Cuts
Stab cuts can create patterns. 
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Running Cuts
Running cuts are a great technique to clear out the background in a relief carving. 
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Scoop Meeting A Stop Cut
A scoop meeting a stop cut creates a thumbnail. 
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Beginning of Sweep Cut
To begin a sweep cut, keep the corners of the tool clear of wood. 
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Second Step Of Sweep Cut
Drop the handle a little and move the edge along as you rotate. 
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Slicing Cut
Begin a slicing cut with the corners clear of the wood. 
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Complete Slicing Cut
Drift the edge over the wood to complete the slicing cut. Do not rotate the handle. 
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