It is often older people who are hardest to buy for, because they really do already have everything they could possibly need. Meanwhile, it’s increasingly the case that younger people or those in full time work don’t have a hobby, and would never consider buying woodcarving tools or having a go at it themselves. By giving them a gift of tools, you can introduce them to the art of woodcarving, a skill that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. As a traditional and productive pastime, carving wooden household items can become a lifetime occupation, and can while away winter nights and days off work.
Putting together a gift pack is easy, just select an appropriate set of woodcarving tools and consider adding a few select pieces of quality wood to practice with, and possibly a book or video explaining how to use the new tools. Knowing whether the person you are buying for has any past experience in woodcarving is useful, as it is easier to choose appropriate tools and tutorials. The ToolPost gift ideas page has some great ideas on how to present or choose your gift.
When someone learns how to create great quality and long lasting ornamental or practical pieces they are able to provide hours of entertainment for others, and gain the ability not just to pass on their skills and favourite techniques, but to create unique pieces that can be polished or treated and become gifts or even family heirlooms. Traditional hand woodcarving is one of mankind’s oldest skills, and to utilise a free natural resource in making objects of true beauty is a wonderful skill to pass down to future generations.
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