It’s important to create an optimal work environment first. We suggest working in a well lit area with natural light, and it’s also important for our workplace to be dry. If there are no options with natural light, we suggest a lightsource resembling natural light, without any flickering or vibration.
When we are working with a chisel on a workbench, the workbench should be at a height where if we place our fist under our chin our elbow should be touching the wokbench, so there should be a forearm’s lenght between our head and the bench. The ground shouldn’t be stone, concrete or any extremely hard material, as standing on it for long is unhealthy, and also if we drop one of our precious tools, it can be badly damaged on a hard floor.
Carefully prepare the material for carving, wich should be at around 10% in moisture. On the surface where the carving will take place only use a planer and no sandpaper or file, beacuse sanding material stays in the small crevices of the wood, damaging our equipment. Before carving the pattern should be thoroughly planned and measured.
Harder wood types should be rubbed with petroleum, as it makes carving much easier and the petroleum evaporates from the wood in 24 hours without a trace. Our tools should always be sharpened for each type and hardness of different materials, wich makes carving easier and the sharpness long lasting.
Chisels and knives should be stored carefully. Their edges should not touch and they should not fall. Surface treatment indoors should be done with BIO oils and wax, outdoor treatment should be done with linseed oil and Bondex superwoodstain.
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.