I follow a fantastic blog by a fellow who goes by the name Peter Follansbee. He works as a joiner at the Plimoth Plantation and has done some incredible research into period techniques for carving and joinery. Just browse through his blog, you’ll be blown away. A bit ago he posted pictures of his basic carving set of tools that he uses. You can check out the post here. I had a bit of money on a gift card from Christmas so I went to Woodcraft to see if I could build the same basic set based on the picture of his tools (many of which are antiques or unmarked as to sizes etc.)
Here is what I’m calling my “Peter Follansbee Carving Kit” and what sizes I got to match his. I came pretty close I think.
Here are the sizes I think come close to what he pictured:
For reference here is his original posted picture.
I’m working on a box right now that I hope to be able to try some of this style carving on using these tools. I would also highly recommend picking up his DVD on the subject of 17th Century Carving. It’s what me inspired to try out the style of carving he shows on the disc. Once I watched it I started looking at period carving in a whole new way. Like I could actually do some of that stuff, just maybe. I am going to try my hand at it soon, wish me luck!
P.S. I am not affiliated with Peter Follansbee, Woodcraft, Pfeil or Lie Nielson Toolworks in anyway. I’m just a fan of all four. 🙂
P.S.S. I also am not advocating the Pfeil brand over any other brand, I just had a gift card to the store and they are local to me. The quality is decent from what I can tell, but I will bet you can find similar or better quality tools in other stores.