I encourage beginners to learn six basic carving techniques very thoroughly. We call them the ‘Significant Six’.

They will help you to handle your tools confidently and use them effectively. Most important of all these techniques will encourage safety and control at all times

The Significant Six techniques create a solid foundation for developing more advanced skills. They are used repeatedly throughout all of our projects.

At first, you may find some of these methods awkward but with a little perseverance you will soon find yourself using them without thinking.

Put the significant six techniques into practice by following the directions in first cuts.

Bowl of fruit for oak staircase carved by Mike Davies