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If you could only choose three tools, what would they be?

Hi all,


My name is David and I am totally new to woodcarving. I stumble across Mary May's School of Woodcarving and am very grateful for the wealth of knowledge available on this website. As a young person, I'm looking to not spend too much as I embark on this hobby, and only acquire tools as they become absolutely necessary. And so, I wanted to ask this community - if you could only choose three tools for carving, what would they be? I know Mary recommends a set of five carving tools for those starting out, but I would like to know whether a beginner can get by with just three, and, if so, what those would be.


Thanks everyone!