Where to buy whittling wood

Finding the right wood for your new whittling project is imperative if you want to end up with the desired product. Using bad wood may result in a bad carving or even injury. It can also be very frustrating. Look for a supplier that sells premium cuts of wood. This will vary according to your geographical location. But it helps to read reviews from the locals. 

There are online stores such as Amazon, that can help you buy the right whittling wood for your carving. 

Buying whittling wood in bulk

Buying whittling wood is the easiest to do online, where you can find several reliable sellers. We recommend that you search for “whittling wood” on eBay and Amazon. Both sites offer a wide selection of materials at a variety of prices. For instance, on eBay you might buy starter blocks in packs of five for under $10 or high quality, kiln-dried hardwood billets by the foot (typically one inch thick) for $5-$25.

Buying whittling wood in packets

Whittling wood from a local supplier may offer you a wider selection, but be sure to do some research online first. For instance, if your local supplier offers maple only, then you could go to Amazon and search for “whittling wood” or “whittling supplies,” where you’ll find several different species of wood in both dried and kiln-dried forms.

Where to buy whittling wood

If you decide to look at a local supplier, you’ll want to make sure they offer a variety of different species. You may also wish to ask them what they recommend for you as a beginner, and let them know that you’re interested in carving.

Whittling wood or whittling wood products

As for the term “whittling wood” in general, it refers to any type of wood that you use to carve. As a beginner, you’ll likely start with whittling blocks, and then move on to carving sticks. If you like carving, there are many more types of whittling wood available to you as well.

Which whittling wood to get

Whittling wood is best when it is soft enough for you to cut through with your knife. That may mean that certain whittling blocks are better for you than others. Some may also be better suited for carving than others, depending upon how much detail they have. The more detailed a block is, the harder it will be to carve.

Buying the right wood

Several different types of whittling wood are available to you, all with their own advantages and disadvantages:

-Oak

-Birch

-Hornbeam (also called Rock Maple, but not as hard)

-Walnut

-Sassafras

-Hard Maple (also called Rock Maple, but not as hard)

-Red Oak (also called Rock Elm or Elm)

-White Oak (also called Rock Elm or Elm)

Whittling wood is best when it is soft enough for you to cut.

See our article on the best wood for carving

Buying from a reliable vendor

Whittling wood may be shipped to you in bulk, usually one or two logs at a time from a local supplier. Buying logs is only ideal if you have the right tools to cut the wood into usable sizes. Please ensure that You may find it best to buy your supplies in bulk if there are several different types of whittling wood that you like the best, or if there are several different types of whittling boards that you like the best. Wood is relatively inexpensive, and buying a large supply will give you flexibility and keep your costs down.

Buying wood from a cheap vendor 

When buying wood from a cheap vendor there are some critical checks to make before you part with your hard-earned money. Limit your buying to reputable suppliers who offer a wide selection of woods, and a variety of different products. Look for the best value, and choose only those products that are kiln-dried. Check the thickness of whittling wood, and make sure it is suitable for you or anyone else looking to learn how to carve.

What is the best whittling wood?

The type of wood that you choose is important to your whittling. It needs to be soft enough to cut through with little resistance. As such, you should be able to cut through the wood without any trouble, and also carve out the shapes that you need. different types of wood can be used. 

However, sometimes availability can be hampered by geographical location. What counts is the features that it has. This way you can look for the features rather than focus on the wood type, and you can find a suitable substitute.

Basswood

Basswood is often used for whittling because of its soft nature. Also, it isn’t too hard to find. It can easily be found in a lot of hardware shops. The other advantage that basswood has, is that it has little grain for you to deal with, so cutting through it will be easy whether you are a beginner or not. The grain is also straight, which helps you carve detail easily. Resistance makes it difficult to cut through the wood smoothly. 

Basswood is great for beginners and professionals alike because it is easy to handle. You can easily slice through it with a simple knife. It has a Janka Hardness rating of 410lbf. This wood is native to North America, meaning that it will be common there. You can buy the wood by the block, or get it as it comes from the forest. You can either whittle basswood wet or dry. 

Balsa wood

This is another great option for whittling because it is soft and easy to manage. It has a Janka hardness rating of 70lbf. This is the amount of resistance that the wood has. It is versatile and easy to carve by hand. Also, it is very lightweight so it is great for small carvings and pieces that you need delicate and intricate details carved into them. 

It has a light color which takes stain and paint well. However, Balsa wood is native to Southern Mexico, Brazil, and Bolivia. It may be difficult to get in different places, and this lack of availability may drive the price up. If you don’t mind importing then this would be a good option. 

Butternut wood

This wood is also known as white walnut. You don’t need to be a pro to handle this wood. Which is one of the reasons why it has made it onto our list. White walnut may look like black walnut, in that the grain looks similar, but it is softer. Its texture allows you to carve by hand easier. 

It has a light brown color, which means that it takes in color well if you want to stain or color it. The other advantage of using butternut wood over others is that it is more affordable compared to black walnut, and yet they have a similar look. It has a Janka hardness rating of 490lbf

White Pine. 

This is another common choice for whittling wood. It has a Janka Hardness rating of 380lbf. It is versatile and soft, hence easy enough to manage for whittling. In terms of appearance, white pine is very fair in color and almost looks white. However, it is not the absolute easiest to work with and is better suited for intermediate whittlers. 

It is important to make sure that you do not try to whittle wet pine. The downside of pine is that it has quite a lot of knots. This can make your life difficult. It also tends to have a considerable amount of sap, so you will find it gets in the way often, slowing down your progress. As a beginner knots can be a big impediment, but a more experienced whittler will find a way to work around them and even incorporate them into the design. 

For the best outcome, make sure that you use dry pine. It is softer and easier to use. 

Is whittling easy?

Anything is as easy as your tools and available materials. This is a question best answered by comparison. Whittling is the easiest form of wood carving. As such, a lot of beginners start with it. The great thing about whittling is that it doesn’t need a large space or a large block of wood. It is also low cost so if you are looking just to try out a new hobby you don’t want to be spending too much. 

What are the best wood carving tools for beginners

There’s a saying that goes, a poor carpenter will always blame his tools. However, there are two sides to every story and the other side to this story would be that the wrong tools can make you seem like a bad woodworker. The best tools for a beginner have certain features. 

A good whittling knife should be easy to handle. An ergonomic handle is best, as it allows you to hold the knife safely and comfortably. This will also help you be more flexible and encourage longer whittling hours. 

Also, a good whittling tool for a beginner especially needs to be sharp. This doesn’t only make your job easier but it also keeps you safe. A blunt knife can cause you to exert excess pressure on the knife to go through the wood. Get a good whittling knife. Also, make sure that you use the knife safely. Knife safety includes holding it the right way as you whittle. 

One last thing

Whittling wood can be bought in hardware stores. But it can also be bought from online stores. What counts, is knowing what you ought to be looking for. 

David D. Hughes