Carving is a hobby with rich history. There was a time when carving was an activity people took up to create tools to help with their living. Moving forward, the activity transformed into a thing people did to pass the time of day. As technology evolves, the techniques are perfected and intricacies and detailed motifs become even more prevalent. In accordance, wood- or metal-carving can no longer rely solely on the hands of a carver. Today, power tools are the most common media with which people design a carving. But that does not where it all ends.

There is an ongoing debate among the carvers: whether to shift to electrical tools for their convenience and practicality or to stick with hand tools for the sake of artisanal production. Granted, using hand tools that are not plugged to any electrical sockets will give meaning to the creations. There is sort of sentimental value on each of every inch of the resulting products. But hand tools have their limitations. You cannot expect completing a large-size project in a relatively shorter period without complaining about how all the whittling causes you pain on your hands. You may argue that you only carve for hobby but what if there is a potential in all of your creations to bring business?

With all the convenience and practicality they offer, power tools might win the battle easily. They help save more time so a large project can be done more quickly as opposed to by hand. But as fast as they might be when it comes to completing projects, power tools fall short when it comes to detailing and contours. So, best way to do it all is by combining the two types of tool. You can do all the hard work using power tools to save time and achieve what could be painful to get using only hands.

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Once everything is settled, you can continue on using hand tools to grant the surface of the materials with painstakingly detailed curves and angles. Regardless of the project’s size, scope, and detail, this combo will ensure a balanced result in every piece of carving you manage to create. The matter of whether to use power tools or hand tools is something that can be solved by understanding the nature of your project: What are you carving and how does your physical fitness fare with the whole project?

Large projects can take off with you using heavy-duty tools to remove the bulk of the stock. Such tools will make it easier for you to sweeps the surface smoothly, leaving a pristine finish to continue on working using a knife for detailed carvings. Medium-sized projects can also benefit from power tools to shape the materials. Knives can be used moving forward. Small projects, on the other, seem to fit very well with use of carving knives, given the limited work surface. Intricate carving, detailing, and whittling can be done easily with hand tools. Complete your tools with palm chisels and chip carvers.