To know about woodworking, all that one needs to do is look around and find the various types of products made of wood. Even while taking a toll around the house, one will find the transformations of wood throughout, and in every single corner. There are no limits to what can be built with wood. Be it a simple bird house, unique furniture pieces or beautiful cabinets that adorn the interior of the house, woodworking simply does wonder.
Steve Sorensen Select Staffing is of the opinion that there are several types of woods that are available in the market, and before starting off with any woodworking project, it is essential for the worker to know the characteristics of each of these wood before starting off with the carving process. Each wood has different texture and color, and the worker needs to know the purpose of ensuring the chosen wood is of the right type.
Among the softwood category, there’s the Basswood which proves to be the most popular for a hand carver. The wood is relatively soft than the others just because it is closely grained and is able to hold each of the details quite well. Being non-toxic, most of the wood is white, however, there are some occasional streaks of brown found in it. There is a little difference between the sapwood and heartwood. Since it might look bland due to the grain patterns in it, carvers have always found painting it as the most favorable option.
However, if a mixture of mineral spirits and boiled linseed oil is being added to the finished carving and then the excess is being wiped off, it will seal the carving and bring out the grain again. Basswood, in general, is related to lime and much popular in the European continent with similar characteristics. The best carving of basswood is generally obtained in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota and a major portion of their availability is in the hobby shops, where they are kept in small blocks or even in cutouts.
Available in the Midwest, cottonwood is another white colored carving wood, whose bark is highly popular for carving the wooden spirits and whimsical houses. The bark being utterly soft is easy to carve and has got the tendency to split at few occasions. Contrary to this, a more difficult to find is the butternut category which is generally larger in size and has got a beautiful color and grain. Even though it is being related to the walnut, the texture is much lighter in color and can be easily carved.
Once the softwood is being done with, Steve Sorensen Select Staffing believes hardwood category calls for some prior attention. Walnut and Mahogany are the two such kinds of wood that require sharp tools to be used upon for better carving result. A beginning carver will often prefer picking up the most convenient piece of wood to begin carving.
The type of carving that is being done will influence the type of wood that is best for use. With more power, one can easily carve a hardwood and find great details in due course of time.