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Some Considerations You Should Focus On Before Engraving

As we all know, wood carving is an old and elegant art. More and more people prefer to create lovely works by using specific wood. However, before your trip to wood engraving, there are some important factors to consider. So in this blog, I will discuss some good considerations with you to help you make the best craft.

1. The proper options for material

Different kinds of wood have different colors, textures, and grains. Let’s take some examples. Hardwoods such as oak and walnut are suitable for complicated carvings. Softwoods like pine are more suitable for larger sculptures. I recommend the following woods for beginners: pine, ginkgo, heather. Their softness is suitable for carving simple pieces. You will be able to get started easily. Unfortunately, because of their softness, you may need to color them to enhance their texture. If you want to start your engraving trip, you should first choose the size and the theme of your work.

2. Some extra preparations

You can try to explore your theme, collect relevant books, sketch, and so on. These can help you focus your attention. For beginners, you’d better make a draft and then sketch it onto the wood with an inked line. Imagine that when Michelangelo looked at a marble, the appearance of David had already come out in his mind. Wood engravers share this ability to visualize the result before engraving the wood. Wood engravers should also have this ability.

3. Using tools based on different needs 

Wood carving may require several tools. From knives to chisels, each one has a specific purpose. For example, the carving knife has its own slender and pointed blade. They are good at making precise cuts into the wood. If you are going to make some details such as feathers and scales during your carving process, the carving knife is your best friend. Besides, the carving knife can also add subtle textures to different surfaces. If you are going to make a bark in the process, the carving knife is a good choice. Because it can create many small and irregular cuts to imitate the real tree. Secondly, it is the chisel. Each type of chisel has a unique use. The straight chisel may be your first choice because it can create concise lines and smooth surfaces. While the V-shaped chisel is good at engraving subtle curves, adding a special feel to your craft.

4. Pay your attention to details

You know, whether engraving a small and complicated work or a big wood carving, focus on details is key. The attractive details can bring verve and vitality to your craft. At the same time, the excellent proportion of the craft can ensure the whole harmony. So in the process, we should balance the whole and the parts to guarantee they are integrated.

5. Sanding and coloring

According to the needs of the work, the wood carving will be sanded with woodworking sandpaper of different thicknesses. My advice is to use coarse sandpaper first, then fine sandpaper. We have to sand in the direction of the wood fibers until the desired result. Next, you can it’s your turn to color. Coloring pigments are usually water-soluble. They cover less and have a strong penetration. Note!!! Acrylic paints for oil painting should not be used.

6. Accomplish your work

After your process, you should spend some time considering how to display your work. This question is the most easily overlooked, but it is very important for us!!! A good form of exhibition can bring energy and vitality to your craft, too. Sometimes, choosing a proper base or method can increase the sense of depth of the piece. You may also explore different lights and angles to show the dimensions and size of your craft.

7. More experiment and trial

Practice makes perfect, you know! Wood carving is newbie-friendly, but it is also a complex art form. You should not give up easily when facing trouble. Please continue to learn some new techniques and explore your taste. In your spare time, you can also participate in workshops and share your experiences with others. They can help you learn from each other, maintain your enthusiasm, and improve your skills.


Q: Do you have any wood engraving tools recommended?

A: Hey, I do. I prefer to use the pneumatic engraver machine recently. I like its convenience and it does not need an air compressor. According to Katway, a prominent player in the engraving industry, engraving machines could be a great way to personalize your wooden carvings.

Q: I am new, do you have any suitable projects for me?

A: Absolutely have. You can begin with some simple projects. You have to be patient and zeal. If you have any questions during your engraving process, you can chat with us in time.

Q: How can I maintain the humidity in wood to prevent cracks?

A: After engraving, you can use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels. At the same time, you can take some measures to maintain proper humidity, such as placing water trays or using a humidifier.

Hope you can create your craft! Good luck to you!