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.
There is a couple of local woodcarving stores in my area, I checked out one earlier this week. They had so much there, fortunately their helpful staff was able to help me find what I was looking for and even demonstrated one of the knives. It was difficult to decide which book to buy and I’m interested in multiple types of carving. I found some things to buy of course, including a knife the teacher said wasn’t very good but I tried it at tad at the store and bought it. They had a flyer for the Minnesota Makers fair