there was some question lately about how many carving tools I use, what sizes, etc.
There is always room for more; but a great many of the patterns I use can be carved with a relatively small set of gouges and a V-tool. Here’s a shot of the basic tools I use.
After these I probably would add wider versions of the tool 2nd from the left above.
Patterns like these use very few tools, maybe 4 altogether including the V-tool.
This next panel was posted the other day; it represents about 2 hours or more of carving. Maybe up to about eight tools, I didn’t count them at the time; but judging by the looks of things that’s about it. Plus a punch. Size is about 9 1/2″ wide by 15″ long or so.
As for the punches, one of them is just a 5/32nd nail set…
If you want to see what I have written here about carvings, one way is to use the search button. (That’s what I do when I need to find something here…) Here is a result for the word “gouge” – it includes turning and spoons too, but lots of carved work.