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Woodcarving by Numbers, 12pc Chisel Set with Instructional DVD

A phenomenal value comprising 12 high-quality carving tools with full-length solid beech handles, plus a bonus DVD and instructional booklet.
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Whether you're an experienced carver, or are just looking to get started, this set of 12 carving tools will serve you well, at a great price. Not only are they quality tools with a wide range of profiles that are sharp out of the box, but they are also designed to work in harmony with the ''carving by numbers'' system originated by renowned woodcarver and educator Mike Davies. The included booklet and DVD from Davies will get you started. If you're already an accomplished carver, you'll appreciate the way the spring alloy steel holds a sharp edge and resists corrosion. The handles are solid beech in a comfortably contoured shape, and are full-length, meaning they are suitable for both hand and mallet work. A substantial tang secures the chisel blade into the handle, and is locked in place by a ferrule that helps prevent splitting.

About Mike Davies:

Mike Davies is an accomplished woodcarver who completed his apprenticeship in the United Kingdom and has created carvings for royalty, national trusts and private collectors. He has developed his successful ''carving by numbers'' system as a way of teaching novices to carve in an easy, logical way. The included DVD outlines his ''Significant Six'' carving techniques, which form the foundation for a huge variety of projects. With the included DVD and educational booklet, you'll soon be creating a variety of beautiful projects with just half a dozen techniques and a dozen carving chisels.

(8) Gouges (various sizes and sweeps)
(1) V-Tool
(1) U-Shaped Veining Tool
(1) Angled Chisel
(1) Straight Chisel
(1) Instructional DVD
(1) Instructional Booklet
(1) Storage Box
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number 77-001
Weight 3.2500
Tech Spec
  • Overall Tool Length: Varies by tool; approximately 9''
  • Handle Length: Approximately 5''
  • Handle Material: Solid beech
  • Blade Material: Spring alloy steel
4.3 / 5.0
27 Reviews
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Great beginner set.
Nice set to carve with. Good selection of sizes and shapes. I already owned a variety of gouges and chisels and this is an affordable way to round out my selection.
May 1, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Carving Chisels
I would recommend this set to anyone who wants to carve. The quality is far greater than I expected!

March 30, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Carving Set
Easy to use. Cd was great with good examples.
January 26, 2020
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very quality product. Great product would recommend this product to anyone.
January 3, 2020
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
wood carving tools par excellance
wonderful tools. As a woodworker, you will probably lightly sand the handles, not because they need it, only because you want to. Mine came in tact in the rack and even so I used an indelible marker to number the flat base of the tools. Maybe a bit expensive, will be worth it in the long rung. As a Veteran Carpenter, both words being true, I found it better to buy the best tools you can afford. These are worth the money.
April 25, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Nice chisels
Nice set of chisels however they arrived loose in the box and with all the banging around the edges are chipped, so I get to skip right to honing out the chips and sharpening the chisels before using them. Maybe the manufacturer could consider placing protective caps on the chisels to prevent this in the future.
August 31, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Tools
I'm just getting back into carving. These tools are are the best. Well worth the money. The video is very helpful.
August 8, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
packing problem
The tools fell out of their box inside of the shipping crate during shipment. Since this is all about doing it by the numbers, and as the tools don't have a number on them, and its not easy to tell from the pictures which tool goes in which number slot; The instructions as to which tool to use at what time, may result in not getting the exact desired results!!
January 2, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good Set
I own a lot of tools both power and hand; I buy good tools, treat 'em well, keep 'em sharp, expect the grandkids will inherit. I try to spend my money well and always look for value and not necessary the best advertised. These fit that attitude: they looked good,came with a nice oily film. They are working tools that take and hold an edge well enough to do what I ask them to do. Worth the price. Don't be a knucklehead, watch the video.
June 3, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
bought for wife. she loves them!!!
February 23, 2017
over 3 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Needed specialized chisels to carve a box. Rockler had the best product and instructional video that I could find. Thank you!
Thomas K on Jun 1, 2020
Giving as a gift for someone starting woodcarving.
Martha C on May 18, 2020
Needed specialized chisels to carve a box. Rockler had the best product and instructional video that I could find. Thank you!
Thomas K on Jun 1, 2020
I want to learn to make beautiful carvings to add value to things I make.
Nicholas F on May 20, 2020
Giving as a gift for someone starting woodcarving.
Martha C on May 18, 2020
Mostly positive reviews and low price.
AL K on May 12, 2020
Father's day gift for husband
Jennifer F on May 11, 2020
I gave. My old set away and I wanted to get back into wood carving.
Lyle N on May 11, 2020
Need to learn wood carving to add to my woodworking skills
Mary M on Apr 2, 2020
It was recommended by Mary May, which is all I need to know.
Jeffrey B on Apr 1, 2020
I want to learn to carve and the combo of the chisel set, dvd , and book seems great.
erick L on Mar 30, 2020
on sale
Deborah L on Mar 16, 2020
Looks like a good kit to start a carving experience with. Sales price was an additional encouragement
Jim W on Mar 16, 2020
I do a lot of woodworking but would like to learn carving. I think I would find it to be relaxing when I’m camping.
Soonerfan on Mar 13, 2020
Quality looked good and the price
Tim S on Mar 2, 2020
Decided to try my hand at carving. Rockler 12pc Chisel set looked like what I needed to give myself a fair chance for seeing if I have enough talent to make it entertaining.
Stephen W on Feb 17, 2020
I’ve always had an interest in carving and this looked like a good set to get started.
Alfred W on Dec 17, 2019
A new hobby
james h on Dec 16, 2019
It was on my husband's Christmas list.
Kathy A on Dec 16, 2019
Discounted Price
Gordon E on Dec 13, 2019
My husband asked for it.
Mary M on Dec 10, 2019
I want to get started carving and looked to be a good price on a set of Chisels and DVD
Charles T on Dec 10, 2019
Quality product with good sale price.
Michael S on Dec 9, 2019
Grandson just started wood carving on a lathe and does pretty nice work, but his current tools are much too long for him. These should make a big difference,
F U on Dec 7, 2019
I need a beginner set to learn to carve. I have always been interested in wood carving and thought this would be a good set to start with.
MARK H on Dec 1, 2019
Gift for my daughter in law
Kenneth W on Nov 29, 2019
Impulsive and On sale;)
CD on Nov 29, 2019
I wanted it.
Steven S on Nov 27, 2019
Need a starter set
Joseph R on May 29, 2019
I needed some good carving chisels! And Rockler is the best!
Adam P on May 9, 2019
Saw this kit with instruction CD's in magazine and waited until it went on sale sale for $20 off.
JAMES Z on Mar 25, 2019
Looks like a quality set to get started with.
Gary L. P on Mar 9, 2019
Starting new hobby.
Phillip D on Mar 8, 2019
Nice beginners package, which is what I need.
Christopher H on Mar 8, 2019
I need it for a special project and wanted them for future use.
David H on Jan 18, 2019
For basic carving
David H on Jan 12, 2019
Because I am interested in the product!
S M on Dec 23, 2018
Best set I could find for cost with instructional dvd.
James W on Jan 30, 2018
Want to learn how to carve.
M T on Dec 24, 2017
Christmas gift
Dp on Dec 22, 2017
Seemed like a decent deal plus it had good reviews
Joseph S on Dec 20, 2017
Made in England. Expect steel will be of good quality and hold an edge.
Roger M on Dec 20, 2017
It is a Christmas gift...
Anne P on Dec 19, 2017
Teaching two teenage Grandchildren to carve their own work. Good tools make for better pride in the job and self-esteem for their accomplishments.
WARREN L on Dec 18, 2017
going to carve carousel animals.
Ed on Dec 14, 2017
My husband researched it and decided on it
Mary Jo M on Dec 13, 2017
Would like to lurn woodcarving
Alfred A on Dec 12, 2017
The video. I want to learn how to crave & video instructions are always helpful when you don't have a real instructor in front of you to help.
Christine E on Dec 12, 2017
My wife is wanting to learn wood carving and this looked like a great way to get started.<br />Christmas present~!
Andrew B on Dec 11, 2017
To be able to learn carving.
DARRELL T on Dec 10, 2017
Looked like a very good deal for high quality carving chisels. I have done some carving and want to expand my capabilities.
Steven M on Dec 8, 2017
Very good reviews + DVD and sale price.
Michael P on Nov 28, 2017
I want to learn to make beautiful carvings to add value to things I make.
Nicholas F on May 20, 2020
Mostly positive reviews and low price.
AL K on May 12, 2020
I need to purchase a sharpening system for these carving tools. What are your recommendations?
eduard b on Aug 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I like the Japanese water stones , but they could be honed easily on a set of quality oil stones as well.
What is the hardness of the steel?
Gil1k on Sep 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Asked on my experience of 40 years in the metals and aitj woodworking I would say it was in the range of 50 to 60 BHN. I have not run a Brindle test, but they sharpen up similarly to tos of this hardness.
My opinion? Well worth the money spent.
Where are they made? Where is the steel from?
J on Aug 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These are made in England and are of quality steel. Great starter set and it will teach you the basics of tool holding skills. They are in my opinion worth the bucks.
Hope this helps, Charles
How do these tools stand compared in quality to Swiss, Stubai, and Cherry? Do they hold sharpening length to these tools?
Ralph S on Dec 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not very impressed.
Would these tools hold up to use with a woodcarver's mallet?
Elias E on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have used a mallet on them and have not noticed any damage.
Can they also be used on a lathe, or strictly hand tools?
Millz on Dec 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Millz. I use these in numerous places as a restoration/remodeling contractor, but would not get close to a lathe with them. Nice tools at a fair price, but too lightweight for a lathe! Hand tools only!
How well do they do on hardwood? Do they hold an edge?
Tim R on Dec 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Have not used on hardwood yet