Rather than think about the one indispensable tool think about the suite of tools that make your work possible.
I've prepared some materials for beginners, which I hope will make the first steps in carving easier, and help to make you a more successful woodcarver. Please bear in mind that without attention to safety woodcarving can be dangerous. Always use protective goggles against flying chips, be careful to plan out cuts so that you …
Practice makes perfect is not a trite truism. Depth of Practice is important, and it can be applied across disciplines.
What to hit with: Mallets!