Carving is often seen as a skill of past years, but this doesn’t stop our group from doing 3D wood puzzles, chip carving, furniture embellishment, and carving in the round of chess pieces to busts. Your imagination is the limit.

Top carvers have a huge range of chisels, but as a beginner you can get by with just a few tools and possibly borrow specialist chisels from members. Knowing where to buy a good deal may be really useful in keeping costs down.

A good workshop and timber supply are the least of your worries, but you do need time – sometimes at the kitchen table or in front of TV.

As well as learning carving techniques, you will be taught how to sharpen your chisels. Keeping a keen edge requires sharpening every 10-20 minutes. But if you are already an expert we look forward to learning from you.

This group meets on the second Thursday of the month in the guild’s Don Tietjens Hall, 38 Featherston St, Palmerston North.

We show and tell; help each other sort out challenges; and do woodwork.

To become a member of the Carving Focus Group, you will need to be a financial member of the Manawatu Woodworkers Guild.

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