For your first carving, it is best to use a soft wood like pine, bass or soft maple (available at most hardware stores). If you can easily mark the wood with your fingernail, it is probably soft. Some carvers, although using mainly a knife for whittling, also use a V-tool. If you look closely at the images on the right, you can see the knife strokes. Find all your carving knives, including wood knives, pocket knives, utility knives and utility blades at Woodcraft, the leading provider of knives.
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