Before I visited Woodcraft I had gone online and er, disregarded what the teacher recommended because I’m a cheapskate and bought a beginners kit from Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers Supply in Tennessee. As well as a thumb guard and a block of wood.
It came pretty quickly, I ordered on a Tuesday night and received Friday.
The knife isn’t great, I was working on the dog for a couple of hours last night and ended up using the knife from Woodcraft. More on how the carving went, including video, to come up next.