Category Archives: Tools Carving

Carl’s Carving Stand

Meta Description: Carl's Carving Stand is bare bones simple and works good! You can make your own. It allows you to easily carve any piece of work attached to a wood lathe chuck or faceplate.

Photo: Carl's Carving Stand (cbf_carving_stand)

Over the years I have seen and made a number of different carving stand designs. Here is my latest design. It is bare bones simple and works good! I really like it. Continue reading Carl’s Carving Stand

New Power Carving Burs 2021

Meta Description: Carl discovers and reviews Manpa Concave Eye Cutters, Manpa Mini Triangle & Round Cutters, Rotary Chisels, and Maillefer Concave Cutter Burrs.

In the last year I have been playing around with some new power carving burs. Well, maybe the big 3 wing ones are not really burs. I saw and learned about most of them on Instagram.

Friends and students who have visited my studio really like them. They asked me to write about them.

I like all of them. But, I don’t like the price! They are definitely not cheap!
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Round Ball Carving Burrs

Meta Description: Good, but not great, round ball carving burrs from Rio Grande. 3/16" and bigger.

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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3M Roloc Bristle Disc

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.

Photo: 3M Roloc Bristle Disc 1
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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Sanding Wheel Brush

Meta Description: Carl recommends “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. They are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs”. Cheaper & last longer.

Photo: Sanding Wheel Brush 1

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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Power Carving Textures

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.
Photo: Power Carving Textures 1

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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