You don’t have to be a master carver like Grinling Gibbons or David Esterly to reap the rewards of woodcarving. Projects can be as simple or as complex as the carver’s skill allows.

However, patience is key to success. Projects can take weeks, months or even years to complete, so take your time.


Where will I work and what equipment will I need?

Carving does not require a lot of space and can be achieved equally well in a living room, shed or studio. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to other woodworking pastimes and beginners can acquire a set of good tools for a modest outlay.

What tools do I need?

There are hundreds of carving tool sweeps and shapes to choose from. Robert Sorby manufactures 12 micro or palm-held tools.



  • Always carve away from you with hand behind the cutting edge.
  • Ensure wood is secured in clamp or vice.
  • Wear sensible shoes in case a tool is dropped and never try to catch one if you do.