One of the most challenging parts of starting to carve is finding out where to purchase the necessary carving tools and supplies. Let's keep it simple. It's all here on one page.
A "Mary May" Beginner Set of Pfeil (Swiss Made) carving gouges is now available through Chipping Away, plus Additional Set 1, and Additional Set 2 to get a nearly complete set that covers most of the lessons in this online school. They also are a great source for other carving supplies.
The following Carving Kits are available in my store to help you begin carving (includes sharpening stones, slip stones, leather strop, wood for the Free Beginner Lessons and carbon paper):
Wooden infused with Resin - Lie-Nielsen
Metal or Brass headed mallets - Shenandoah Tool Works - I recommend the 1.5 lb. steel or brass mallet (Mary May students use coupon code "MM10off" at checkout for a 10% discount)
Chipping Away, a Canadian woodcarving supply company, is now offering very reasonably priced "Mary May" sets of carving tools that match my preferred sets. The curved gouges and v-chisels are professional quality Pfeil (Swiss Made) brand, and are fishtail shape where available (my favorite). The flat chisels in these sets are Two Cherry brand, as I prefer the single-bevel fishtail that they offer.
Diefenbacher Tools sells German Dastra tools in both straight and fishtail shapes and is now offering a 10% discount to Mary May students.
Below are lists of several other tool suppliers. I don't own tools from every brand, but have had occasion to see and handle them. Each of these brands is good quality, made from good steel, sharpens well and holds edges well.
Also listed here is a North American merchant for each brand. The link for each of those merchants takes you to a page showing my list of preferred tools and the part numbers of those tools at that particular merchant.
The tools listed on these pages match the list I offer as my preferred tools.
Be careful: The part numbers were accurate at the moment they were copied from the merchant sites. They might have changed by the time you see them. Double Check them before placing your order.
Relative Price Note: The price shown in the table is for one common tool in the basic set. It is the price of the #3, 14mm gouge, something available from each of the brands.
|Brand||Part numbers at:||Relative Price
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|Ashley Iles||Tools for Working Wood||$35.95|
|Auriou||Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc.||$41.00|
|Henry Taylor||Traditional Woodworker||$34.95|
|Mastercarver||Wood Carvers Supply, Inc.||$19.95|
|Pfeil Swiss Made||Chipping Away||$31.89|
|Two Cherries||Diefenbacher Tools||$47.00|