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Topic: Woodcuts- what kind of wood?  (Read 499 times)
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« on: October 30, 2007 11:52:29 AM »

hello, i am new to woodcutting but love block printing in general. i have wood carving tools and chisels, but i don't know what kind of wood to use.
and ideas?

« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2007 04:39:37 PM »

i like birch verneer.

« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008 01:58:29 PM »

basswood is good for a start, nice texture and easy to cut.

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2008 08:05:04 PM »

I think it'd be best to start with just a standard block of pine. I haven't experimented with carving a whole lot, but my dad's a woodworker and has a bit of experience. When I started, I just used pine. It wasn't too soft, like balsa, so it was safer, because it would be more difficult for me to slip and cut my hand.

I would definitely not recommend using a very soft wood, because until you learn proper technique, it could be pretty dangerous.
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