Power Carving Sharp Cutters
There are so many cutters made today that it is hard to know which ones to use. We have "whittled" down from a selection of thousands to the cutters we stock (just one of our many suppliers has over 1,200 different cutters to choose from!) All of the cutters we sell represent excellent value and long life if used properly. All cutters are first grade, true running, and have proven useful for bird and fish carvers. They fall into two broad categories: Abrasive cutters and Sharp cutters. For bird and fish carving, abrasive cutters are more commonly used than sharp cutters.
Sharp Cutters generally give a faster cut with a smoother finish than abrasives. However, there are trade-offs. Sharp cutters generally don't cut in reverse, making them awkward when it's necessary to carve against the grain. Sharp cutters are often harder to control and may have a tendency to grab into, and run along the work being carved.
Larger sharp cutters, like the solid carbide burs can be more dangerous when not used carefully as they will cut skin and bone more readily than the abrasives. Always wear a leather glove on your holding hand when using larger sharp cutters. Like many abrasives, sharp cutters are available in finer and coarser types, with the coarser ones cutting faster but having more tendency to dig and run.
Finer sharp cutters work well for hard woods, most metals and soapstone while coarser ones work best on softer woods and aluminum. Sharp cutters are made from several different materials from steel to solid carbide. Steel is the least expensive but the quickest to dull. Carbide is more expensive to buy but lasts many times longer than steel. Carbide can also be used to cut many metals.
While they may look mean, these solid-carbide cutters are very smooth to use and easy to control. Also called "rotary chisels", they cut very fast and extremely clean in most materials including wood, soft stone, bone, and antler. The heads are solid carbide, so they should last nearly forever. Each size head is available in 4 profiles and are available in 1/8" and 1/4" shanks. Use Between 15,000 and 35,000 RPM. These are very aggressive cutters! Leather gloves and safety glasses are essential.
These aggressive solid carbide cutters, leave a smooth finish. They are great for most metals including brass. Will fit in all small rotary tools (micromotor, Dremel, etc). These exceptionally long life burs will last most carvers a lifetime when used for carving wood or soft metals.
Available in solid carbide, high speed steel cutters and stump burs. "Goldies" which are a very fast cutting titannium nitride coated high speed steel and vanadium steel engraving burs.
Steel Carving Drills High temper steel carving drills are designed for internal carving of plastic and wood, as well as general drilling in soft materials. 3/32" shank Eye Drills are useful burs that allow you to precisely locate and drill eye holes from 3mm to 8mm.
The Prairie Canada Carving club from Winnipeg has been actively promoting carving for over 25 years. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their show they have published this pattern book with over 30 original patterns by award-winning carvers. The patterns cover a wide range of subjects from birds and animals to chip carving, relief carving and intarsia.
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