Custom Wood Carving

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Maybe you've just bought a new home and are now seeking to furnish it with custom wood carvings and other individualistic style elements. Or perhaps you're content with your home and simply want to learn wood carving as a hobby in case you want to build improvements later. Either way, it's helpful to understand a little bit about how wood carving works, whether you ultimately hire out someone else to build your furniture or if you choose to do it on your own.

There are countless small touches you can add to your home in order to build greater value. Any sort of customized addition will naturally attract buyers--provided their tastes run with yours--and win the attention of appraisers, so if you're looking at wood carving as an investment opportunity you're on the right track. Try building a hand carved bar for your living room or, if you're not quite that ambitious, maybe just a few wood carved finials for your existing furniture.

The Benefits of Custom Wood Carving

One of the great perks of custom wood carving, if you do it yourself, is its therapeutic benefits. After a long day of work, there are few better ways to unwind than by focusing your energies on an art project that suits your tastes and abilities. While some people would prefer to crash in front of the TV, others take to their workshops or studios and invest their time in a relaxing, and ultimately valuable, hobby.

As you learn more about the art of wood carving, you'll discover which tools are best used for the type of carving you wish to do. You may want to start out with low-relief carving, where the joints between various planes are easily discernible. Or you may eventually choose to work "in the round," which provides its own challenges--namely keeping a proper balance and perspective from all sides of your sculpture.

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