HackSpace magazine

Power Carving Manual Review

By Ben Everard. Posted

There’s a pretty good chance that, if you’re reading this, you’ve got access to a rotary tool, whether that’s a Dremel or other brand. Did you know that you can use these tools for wood-carving? There’s a range of bits designed for this, including burrs in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve already got a rotary tool, you can get the basic bits you need to get started power carving for under £10, (although you can certainly spend more as you need a wider range of bits).

The Power Carving Manual takes you through the basic techniques, and then on to a range of projects. Each is well photographed and easy to follow. We struggled to reach the level of detail that the authors did, but that’s to be expected – we’re new to the craft of power carving.

Although this reviewer isn’t a particularly skilled traditional wood-carver, he is at least familiar with which end of the chisel goes into the wood, and the experience of power carving is hugely different from chisel carving. Not least, because the grain is far less important. While it is relevant, the carving bits on a rotary tool are much less enslaved by the particular properties of the wood, and you can almost treat it like a homogeneous material.

The tearing of the burrs leaves a very different finish to the smoothness of chiselled wood. This isn’t necessarily better or worse, just different.

We thoroughly enjoyed learning, or at least beginning, the art of power carving with this book. Not only have we developed a new hobby, but we’ve also gained more skill with our rotary tool that we can use for more practical purposes.

Verdict: 9 out of 10

A fun way of gaining more control over your rotary tool.

£12.98, woodcarvingillustrated.com