Wood carving tools including chisels and planers on a work bench in a woodshop

Woodshop 101: Wood Carving Tools Everyone Should Have In Their Workshop

No matter where you are in your woodworking journey-novice, intermediate or expert-it is important to have these tools on deck for all your wood carving endeavors. Forest 2 Home shared 5 wood carving methods that you should know, but we are here to provide you with what tools you will need to start your carving journey!


Gouges are a vital tool that act like a scoop when wood carving, thanks to its curved and rounded edges. Palm gouges are short gouges that are pushed with your palm to make cuts. These tools add extreme detail and allow for a high level of control when making cuts. Both are ideal for making deep and shallow hallows and curves in wood. Just be sure to keep them sharp!


Think mini gouge! A veiner has a U-shaped cutting edge that allows for deep, round hollows and round curves. It functions as a gouge on a smaller level, having a far greater ability than the standard gouge for detail.


Chisels are indispensable when it comes to wood carving. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from beveled edge bench chisels, mortise chisels, paring chisels and more. Chisels can either be pushed with the hand or struck with a wooden mallet to drive it forward.

Wood Carving Knives

Wood carving knives come in various shapes, including straight and curved blades. They are ideal for whittling, and their use is better for refining and shaping wood rather than carving intricate design into it. The shape of the blade determines its purpose, while the size determines the level of detail it can provide.

Bench Knife

Bench knives differ from carving knives as their blade is much shorter and its purpose is to get up close and personal with the wood. It can provide a far greater level of intricacy than standard wood carving knives.


Along with all of these tools, different files and rasps, mallets and hand held saws are good to have at your disposal when woodcarving. Begin growing your woodcarving tool kit and get started!


Be sure to send photos of your Forest 2 Home woodcarvings to marketing@forest2home.com or share your finished projects on social media with hashtag #BuiltWithF2H. We are excited to see your work! Happy Woodworking!

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