Which tools are best for you depends on what it is that you want to do. The questions and answers below will help you to decide which tools are best for you.
I’ve taken the guess work out of choosing tools because our online shop only carries tried and true tools.
To see which tools are used with which lessons, click here to see the charts below.
You’ll get the most out of your tools when you get my lessons that teach you how to make carvings with those tools. With my lessons, you will save the time and frustration of learning by trial and failure. You’ll have carving successes right away.
This video will show you how to easily see which tools go with which lessons.
You can easily see which lessons use which tools when you looking at any of the individual tool product pages in my online shop. You can click the ‘Additional Information‘ tab to see what lessons use that tool or tool set. For more info about my lessons, see the Which Lessons are Best for You page.
Looking for essential tools to get started?
You will learn how to use these 3 tool sets in the 101 Course for Beginners.
You can see which individual lessons use which tools and knives in the charts further down this page.
What tools are recommended beyond the basics?
This knife is used in the last lesson of the 101 Course, in all of the melon and watermelon lessons, and in the Portrait Carving Course. The best lesson begin learning to use this knife is Carving Watermelons – Roses, Buds and Leaves.
The 7 Piece Pro Set features larger, stronger, sharper U and V tools and is a great addition to your tool collection. This tool set is is a great addition to any fruit carvers tool kit. If you get one of these 7 piece sets right from the start, you can skip the Smooth U-V set.
The 7 Piece Pro Set is used in the Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang lessons. They are used in the Portrait Carving Course, , and can be used in any of the lessons that use the Smooth U-V Cutters.
Other useful tools.
The Wavy Peeler, the Vegetable Curler and the Twisty Twirl Tool are also great tools that require no skill at all. You will see photos and short videos showing what you can make with these tools when you click the links for the tools above.
These pattern transfer products are huge time-savers! You’ll love them.
The transfer pattern paper and fabric is used in the lessons, Carving Letters and Words and in the Portrait Carving Course. Although this transfer pattern paper and fabric is optional for these lessons, you will find it is the easiest way to transfer your pattern and have very accurate and impressive results.
Do you want to focus on doing specific types of carvings?
The Thai Pro Knife – great for melon carving
The Carving Watermelons – Roses, Buds and Leaves lessons are the best lesson to begin learning to carve melons using the Thai Pro Knife. You will find the Thai Pro knife super essential for carving melons as taught in the lessons: Carving Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals and, Watermelon Carving Scroll Pattern. This special knife with a flexible blade is also used in the lessons, Carving Letters and Words, and the Portrait Carving Course.
When carving pumpkins, you may also like the Pattern Transfer Paper, or Pattern Transfer Fabric, the Thai Pro Knife and U-V cutters in the 7 Piece Pro Set. All of these are used in the Portrait Carving Course.
Not sure when to use the Pattern Transfer Fabric versus the Pattern Transfer Paper? See the video on our Pattern Transfer Sampler page.
For easy Halloween pattern carving, you might also love the Pumpkin Carving Tattoos. These patterns are simple to use – no lessons required.
They come in several different party packs from easy family friendly patterns to more challenging Halloween patterns to ghoulish Ray Villafane inspired patterns.
Want to create carvings that you’ve seen in my free lessons?
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Are you looking for a gift for someone?
If your gift recipient is a beginner, it’s best to give a lesson or lessons along with the tools or tools that you give. For example, the Corrugated U-Cutters would go well with the Yam and Turnip Flower lessons and the Watermelon Flower lesson. These 3 items together make a great gift.
Any (or all) of the 3 basic tools sets are great for beginners. They are:
When you are looking at tools in my online shop, you can click the ‘Additional Information‘ tab on any tool product page to see what lessons use that tool or tool set. Or, can see which tools go with which lessons in the charts that you can find below in the answers in the section named: “Do you want to know which lessons and courses use which tools?”
Tools used in Lessons Charts