Hi there and welcome to the world of endless selection process and mind tortures! Ha, only joking, although choosing the proper tools and equipment for wood carving can certainly seem like that sometimes, especially if you are not really used to doing it online and get easily confused by the amount of what you can choose from and the things to choose. It’s not going to get much easier unless you choose one proper manufacturer and go with them everytime, so that would be my number 1 suggestion if you want to simplify your life at least a little.
Of course, this is not the biggest decision of your life and everything, however, having suitable instruments and wood blocks to create whatever you want to create is incredibly important if your goal is to create something great and have fun in the process. If all you want to do is to simply stick a knife in a piece of wood a couple of times, then you have no problems and it’s all great. But you are probably on the wrong page then.
Spoon carving is one of the whittling areas that beginners turn to the most and one of the most practical areas, by the way. Doing animal figurines and all that is great fun, but after all, they’ll stand on the shelf without much purpose, whereas creating spoons will result in always a functional tool that has a character and changes the colors of your home, so to speak. That’s why I firmly believe that anyone should try spoon carving (or any kitchen utensil carving, really) at some point.
So how do you select the best spoon carving tools? What to do to make sure that what you’re grabbing will bring you countless hours of joy and productive work, not even mentioning the replacement of usual old spoons to something much more creative and beautiful? You may find an endless amount of various patterns to make your spoons more and more intricate, complex and gorgeous. Starting from the simple one and moving slowly to progress and add more details is what a genuine joy of carving is.
Since there are quite a lot of sources on the Internet and outside of it nowadays, my best suggestion would be talking to people. Surprisingly enough, but chatting to those who have already done this whole choice process can simplify the thing for you greatly. There are a lot of reviewers and bloggers on YouTube and more specifically woodcarving related websites, there are forums where you can read up on some spoon carving tools and find your own preference.
You most certainly won’t get it right from the first time, but if you do – you’re lucky. Trying out different things and getting more experience together with sharing that experience with other people and hearing from them will be the way for you to find the best spoon carving tools. Let’s read the articles on Woodcarving4u, WoodCarving Illustrated forum and other reviewers. They might have exactly what you need and tell you all the required details about one tool or the other, especially considering the fact that the market is constantly changing and you need to monitor it regularly to know about things. Luckily for us, they do. Good luck!