Rather than think about the one indispensable tool think about the suite of tools that make your work possible.
There are always variations on old standards. Some are even improvements.
The open, unbiased mind, no pre-programmed muscle memory, no years of experience ( positive or negative) yammering behind your ear - do this, do that. Periodically it's a worthy state to reattain. We all start in art at this entry; whether it's sword work or woodcarving. I'm only turning out a few commissions a year …
Start things right, but know when to fold a bad hand.
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 …
If you've never witnessed a schooner being framed up you've missed and interesting bit of marine history.
The Maine Coast taught me a n entire new way of speaking