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1 Overview

A 'punch' is a metal shape or stamp that a woodcarver will tap into the wood, for any of 3 reasons:

  1. Marking a surface with a decoration not achievable with a gouge
  2. Adding emphasis by deepening a cut and introducing extra shadow
  3. To texture a surface, such as a background, to add more interest or make uniform. Tools for this purpose are usually called 'frosters', 'frosting' or 'matting tools.

You'll see me using punches of various sorts in Woodcarving Workshops. They're very useful little critters, supplementing and often adding panache to a carving at the detail end of things, and you can readily make them yourself as I'll be showing you in the next videos in this short series. Here, I give a quick introduction and overview.


| 12 December 2016 13:10

Karen - I sign my own work with a little brass disc on which my name is engraved. It's about an inch across, fits a Forstner bit and I have a bunch made at a time. I inset the disc into a discrete place, usually covering and thus hiding the hole I make for my carvers screw.
We will do a video on signing work soon.

| 11 December 2016 16:34

I hear you Chris, but how do you sign your work?

| 28 November 2016 10:38

Karen - Yes, name punches like this need to be specially made and, yes, they are relatively expensive. I stay relatively because I've had mine for 40-odd years and used it hundreds of times!
It's a nice thing to have, especially when you put your name under those of carvers who've had the tools before you but the question really is whether you need one or not. If you are in a class with other students, you don't really need your name on the tools, just some pattern of lines or dots that are unique to you and which you can claim as yours.

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