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Why Schaaf Tools?

Why do beginners and experts choose Schaaf Tools to empower their carving experience...

Trusted By Experts

Our tools are used and loved by carving professionals around the world.

Our reputation has been built around our high quality tools and supportive customer service since 2017. 

Sharper For Longer

Every tool in our range is hand crafted from alloy chromium-vanadium steel and hardened to Rockwell  C60.

This means your tools will keep a sharper edge for longer than other tools out there.

20,000 Customers

Customers love our tools as much as we love seeing what they carve with them.

Over 20,000 currently use Schaaf Tools to create amazing wood carving projects, and we're really proud about that.

I started carving wood in 2007. A friend introduced me to carving.

One day I just ran a chisel through some cedar and just got very interested in woodcarving.

I have carved on and off since then but the last few years have increased my carving and my interest has grown.

There's just something I enjoy about the process of carving.

I love the learning, the planning of a project, and seeing that project finished.

Then there's the amazing carving community, friendships, and new people to meet.

Woodcarving has been a gift to my life. I can't draw or paint a picture, but I love carving one.

Nate Elarton

Expert Carver & Schaaf Tools Customer

Trusted by over 20,000 customers

Steven Harten

I have been wood carving for many years and I have a collection of several different brands of carving tools.
I purchased this set just to see if I might get lucky and find one quality tool in the entire set. I was very lucky because the entire set is first rate. I had to do some extra fine sharpening but that is to be expected with any new tools. Good quality at a good price!

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Steven Harten

I have been wood carving for many years and I have a collection of several different brands of carving tools.
I purchased this set just to see if I might get lucky and find one quality tool in the entire set. I was very lucky because the entire set is first rate. I had to do some extra fine sharpening but that is to be expected with any new tools. Good quality at a good price!

Over 1400+ positive reviews on

I remember the first time I ever picked up a wood carving tool.

My grandad had brought in a log from the woods and he told me we were going to carve an eagle out of it.

I didn't understand what he meant at first, but the second we started chipping away at that little tree log, it all started to make sense.

I'd never even heard of wood carving before that moment.

But I just fell in love with how he started by creating the overall shape of the eagle. Then slowly and patiently working each and every detail into the wood grain.

Every feather had it's own unique character and it felt like with each little detail we added, the eagle looked more and more real.

I still have that eagle standing pride of place in my living room, just to remind me each and every day where it all started.

Jason Taveras

Expert Carver & Schaaf Tools Customer

Beginners Start Here

What do I need to get started?

(1) Sharp tools
(2) Something to keep them sharp

Our most basic bundle comes with just that - the Professionally Sharpened 12pc Foundation Set and a Strop to maintain a razor sharp edge as you work on your first project. Beginners will be able to jump right in and begin carving.

What should I buy when I feel more advanced?

(1) Add a carving mallet to your collection

Most carvers get a lot of use out of their carvers mallet. So while it's not a necessity to get started, you probably will want one. This is our most popular bundle for beginners. It comes with the Professionally Sharpened 12pc Foundation Set, the Strop, and a handy 12oz Carving Mallet. If you're just getting started, we recommend this bundle. 

What tools can wait until later ?

(1) Diamond Sharpening Stone (or other method for resharpening your tools)
(2) different gouge profiles

Eventually you will have to sharpen your tools, even if you get our Premium pre-sharpened sets. It's a good idea to learn how to sharpen by hand before you move on to a mechanical technique, like a belt grinder. That's where our Double Sided Diamond Sharpening System comes into play. There will also be a point, if you continue to carve, when you start working on more complicated projects. Fishtail gouges, for example, may one day come in handy. Schaaf Tools has you covered when that time comes with two complimentary carving sets and 11 additional shapes and sizes. 

You won't hear of a wood carving story similar to this one.

I decided to make a totem pole from a large cedar tree that was uprooted by a storm. I cut out a 12 ft section, enough to make a substantial totem pole, and did 3 things:

1) I enlisted 4 of my grandchildren, all under 10 years old in the project.
2) I sent for the Schaaf top of the line carving tools.
3) I ordered a book, entitled: How to Carve Your Own Totem Pole.

What could go wrong?

My grandchildren have really enjoyed this project and we are making great progress. We followed traditional concepts used by Native American carvers. The top figure is a common rendition of a Thunderbird, always the top figure. My one granddaughter found the design for the 2nd figure, an Owl, from the famous authentic totem pole standing in Pioneer Square, Seattle for 80 years. And the last figure follows the common rendition of a Bear, protruding tongue and holding a trout.

This experience has not only allowed me and my grandchildren to be creative together. But it has also given us the togetherness and quality time we all crave. Especially with those who we love dearly.

Thank you to Schaaf Tools for creating this experience for me and my family 

John

Grandfather & amateur wood carver

Need help picking your set?

Our support team is always available to help whenever you need us.

Whether you need help choosing the perfect set to start your carving journey, or you just want to ask some important questions.

If you need us for anything at all, you know we're here to assist and support to guide you to make sure you get the most out of your time carving.

You can reach out to us which ever way is best for you. And we will try our best to get back to you within 24 hours.