Category Archives: Tools Carving

Round Ball Carving Burrs

I have been on a quest to find some good carving burrs for a while. The market seems to be flooded with way to much crap coming in from China, etc. Burrs that do not run true at high speed. They vibrate all over the place at high speed.

I have also been looking for round ball carving burrs bigger than a 3/16″.
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Meta Description: Good, but not great, round ball carving burrs from Rio Grande. 3/16" and bigger.

3M Roloc Bristle Disc


I am now using “3M ROLOC Bristle Discs” to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. See above photo.

The ROLOC discs are a lot tougher than “3M Radial Bristle Discs” or “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

The Roloc discs work best on almost flat things or on the outside of bowls or hollow forms.
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Meta Description: Carl is now using "3M ROLOC Bristle Discs" to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

Sanding Wheel Brush

I have found that the “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs” that I talk about in my “Power Carving Textures” blog entry.
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Meta Description: Carl recommends “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. They are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs”. Cheaper & last longer.

Power Carving Textures

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Here is some information I put together for a Power Carving Textures demo that I am doing at my local club.

I learned most of the stuff presented here in various wood turning symposiums and classes. Mostly from Al Stirt.

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Meta Description: Carl's take on carving textures with Reciprocating and Rotary Power Carving Tools. Recommended Burrs, Gouges, Layout, Cleaning up with Bristle Discs, etc.