Carved Wood Spoon

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What is some good carving wood?

I need some good carving wood because I am making a present for someone for Christmas and I want to know if anyone knows of any wood to carve with. Thanks

Basswood, Butternut, Aspen and Poplar are the easiest to carve and generally hold details well. They are all pale (whitish) in color, though Poplar may have purple streaks in it and a slightly greenish tint depending on the wood, and Butternut is usually a very light brown.

Walnut, Cherry are a little harder to carve, but with good sharp tools should not pose a problem. These woods are darker and if carved in certain directions produce beautiful grain patterns. By certain directions I mean you want the long grain running the length of the piece if it's for a spoon or other object that will get manually handled. Short grain may be used if the piece is to be decorative only, but be careful carving this way as it is prone to breakage.

The site listed below is a woodcarvers forum with many great people that will share their experience. It is also a great source of information about woods, tools, sharpening, etc...

Good luck with your project ;-)

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