Need pointers on tools

Forum: Woodcarving

Hi folks! My name is Doug (although it says Ronnie). I am a noob to all this save for whittling when I was in boy scouts (yes, I got my eagle scout badge). Anyway, I’m looking for advice on chisel and carvers. I also want a rotary tool. I am under the impression that dremel is an ideal tool, but I want to know what people think of “the most realistic opinion” since I heard that dremel statement many years ago. I know that I am a beginner of all beginners! So if I say something stupid, chalk it up to a crazy vet and his cute noobness hahaha. Thanks in advance for the consideration of my query.

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Ronnie D. Farmer

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a1jim ...

Hi Doug welcome to WWW
I’ve never felt like my Dremel was the useful, if it will fit in your budget I would get a Foredom flexible shaft power carver or one the lower cost copies.

Whitacrebespoke ...

I’d say same as Jim and get a flexible shaft tool not that I’ve ever used on as never had the need.

Carving chisels if you can afford look at Ashley iles, pifel and ariou they are quality tools that are reliable and you will have forever.

More important than the chisels though is a sharpening method and the knowledge and ability to keep sharp and at the correct angles your tools.

RonnieFarmer ...

Thanks for the advice. Luckily, boy scouts and the army infantry requires knowledge of using and maintaining sharp tools. Knives, bayonets, entrenching tools. Although, sharpening chisels requires a lot more work than I expected. Thanks for the suggestions as well. I am practically running to my pc to look it up and learn more about them. If anything else Pops up in your mind, shoot it on over. I love to learn and am very excited

Richforever ...

I like the Two Cherries German-made chisels and the Stubai Austria-made carving chisels.

papadan ...

I’ll chime in with Jim, wish I could afford a Foredom setup.