January 7, 2021

Where to Buy Wood Carving Tools | Places to save Money

Buying second hand wood carving tools

There are many places to buy used wood carving tools. These can be online or in person. This article will cover some of the best places to snap a good deal on your new tools.

The most popular wood carving tools are straight chisel, with a straight flat edge; straight gouge, with a curved cutting edge that will range in depth; short bent with a small spoon-like dip used for quick deep cuts; long bent, which will make an extended deep cut; straight skew, with a diagonal cutting edge; parting tool or veiner, which is a furrowing tool with a cutting edge.

Wood carving

Wood carving is a form of woodworking using a cutting tool in one hand or a chisel with two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine or the sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object.

Recommended places to buy wood carving tools

A Swiss company, pronounced “File”, has become the standard for carving gouges due to their quality and affordability, so their sizing system is most commonly used. The carving gouge sweep sizes range from #1 (a flat carving chisel with no curve) to a U-shaped #11 sweep (the most significant curve).

 Using a small carver’s mallet is recommended for any carving work that requires tapping. The mallet can be made from scrap hardwood turned on your lathe or purchased at flea markets and antique stores. Flea markets are one place where wood carving tools like panel saws can be bought.

Online Marketplaces

 Online sellers are other places where wood carving tools can be bought. Amazon and eBay are popular online stores where woodcarving tools can be purchased and delivered via shipping. Many reviews show that online shopping with these tools has worked for them. Tools like lathes are always shipped to different places after being ordered by woodcarvers online. eBay is a source to consider. If you are a buyer, eBay will likely offer an assortment of options for any specific tool you are looking for.

Homemade Tools

Homemade tools can often be found at flea markets and used-tool dealers alongside the commercial offerings, or you can have them made for you (there are several specialities forged). You can learn to make your carving tools by a reading tool, making books or attending courses on the subject. Homemade tools are desirable when you need a specific chisel for a particular carving.

Second-hand market

The second-hand market also is a valuable source of tools. Second-hand shops can be a good source of wood carving tools as they are usually more durable and affordable than new ones, especially if they are not from trusted suppliers.

Wood carving tools are readily available at woodworking stores and mail-order tool catalogues. The most popular and preferred offerings are Pfeil tools (marked “Swiss made” on their handles). They are distributed in the United States by Woodcraft.


Another place to consider when buying woodworking tools is local auction companies. These are commonly referred to as “Personal Property” auctions. The great thing about these sites is that the auction houses usually give you 2-3 weeks to place your bids. This allows buyers to research the items before bidding to ensure they pay a fair price.

It’s also common for these auction houses to have preview days. This allows buyers to visit where the auction is held to review all the items listed carefully. This way, you can check to ensure the pictures tell the whole story and see for yourself what kind of shape the thing is in before bidding.

Social Media

People have used Facebook Marketplace as their means to buy wood carving tools. It works by sellers using their Facebook profiles to post selling items. These listings’ primary intent is for the buyer and seller to meet locally to complete the transaction.

Another option on Facebook that many people don’t consider is using Facebook groups. Buyers or sellers of used woodworking tools should consider joining Facebook groups devoted to woodworkers. Often, these groups will have listings for equipment people are looking to buy or sell. Depending on your area, you may even find a regional group of woodworkers. Again, no cost on this Facebook option either.

Woodworking clubs can be an excellent source for both buyers and sellers. Odds are one of the members knows someone who has a tool they are willing to part with or someone interested in buying. Most moderate-size cities will have a woodworking club.

Surplus Sites

Government surplus sites are a great way to big up a good deal when you are limited on a budget but want to increase your shop tools. You can pick up heavy-duty machines like Powermatic table saws for a great price. These tools will always be used. Most likely, they have been used in a school or prison. They may need to be cleaned up and have some maintenance done, but you can typically get them for an excellent price. Read the pickup deals and contact the seller if you have any questions.

Similar to woodworking clubs, there are also woodworking forums on the internet. These can be great resources in a couple of ways. First off, they typically offer a classified ads section which will allow you to buy or sell specific pieces of equipment that you may be looking for. Some of these sites are location-specific, so they target a potential section of a country that can eliminate the problems caused when shipping.

David D. Hughes

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