View Full Version : What tools do you use??

07-24-2001, 12:06 PM
I was curious what you all use to sculpt with. I primarily carve stone and I love my Trow and Holden pneumatic carver.

I have a set of 4 T&H bouchard chisels (4 tooth, 9 tooth, cup and criss-cross), and several of their carbide chisels.

Also, I really enjoy my Milani chisels. They are very nice and affordable.

What do you all use?


07-26-2001, 06:08 AM
Most of my sculpting is modelling in clay. So what I use most is my hands. I also have one favourite tool - a 6in shaped wooden, er, stick. Here is a picture, front and side view:


I am also investigating modelling in wax at the moment which is related to my interest in wanting to learn moulding and casting.

07-27-2001, 09:05 AM
I am a fiber artist that works 3D. I use what ever comes to mind at the time on a piece. I use stiffen, and plaster on some pieces then sew them together by hand. I also make my own paper and sculpt with it. I have done some wood carving and have tools for that, but my hands are not as strong as they used to be. For an example of my work look at Sperm Ball in this forum.

12-06-2001, 07:49 AM
Just thought I'd bring this thread back up to the top.

Sadly, my lovely little wooden modelling tool broke the week before last. I have been trying to use others but they are not the same. :(

12-06-2001, 09:05 AM
Good morning

Tools tools tools! First I must admit that I am a tool junkie! I never come home from the art store without at least one new tool! Anyway, below is a pic of some of my favorite clay & wax modelling tools. I use my hands a lot (and they are not small!) so I find myself using a lot of tools when working on smaller scale pieces. One of my fav' is the little grey double ended knitting needle. Clay tools are so affordable that one can have almost anything they want.

For wood carving my favorites were always henry Taylor carving tools. I had about 6 that I used almost exclusely. Sorry I don't have a pic of all of them. They are still at my mothers house in canada.


12-06-2001, 08:54 PM
Mostly I use loop and wood modeling tools similar to Di's. Occasionally I'll make a tool by cutting, carving and sanding a piece of shake shingle or paint mixing paddle. A tool I don't use much any more is a 1"x2" board about 14" long wrapped in string on one end and a hand grip whittled on the other. It's used for whacking water base clay into basic shapes and helps eliminate air pockets.