Question & Comments

More on Upsweep Knives

Today’s question comes from Richard who asks:

“how is an upsweep knife used, and its purpose ? am sorry but new to carving here.” 

Never be apologetic that you are new to carving, Richard.  We were all there once.

Your question happens to be a very good one and one that I’m certain many other carvers also have.  An upsweep knife is a knife with a convex blade which arches upwards.  The upsweep knife is used in the same manner as a straight blade knife but with some advantages.  The convex blade on an upsweep knife makes easy “slicing” cuts through the wood which are more difficult to make with a straight blade.  The upsweep blade is also capable of getting into areas a straight blade can’t get into.  The downside of upsweep knives, however, is that they are not as commonly available by most knife makers.

Typical Upsweep Knife

Our next question comes from Steve in response to Phyllis’ problem with her scroll saw.  Steve asks:

“Philis, is the blade breaking or just slipping out of the holder???  What brand and model number saw is it???”…Steve

Thank you so much for your response to Phyllis’ scroll saw question, Steve.  I’m sure we’ll hear back from here soon.

Dean Stewart has sent in a photo of one of his latest carvings!  Dean writes:

“Here’s a photo of my most recent project.  I can’t decide what vocation this gnome pursue”

Gnome carving by Dean Stewart

Terrific job on that gnome, Dean!  Nice work on the eyes too!  Thank you so much for sending in your photo! Did you also do the bird houses?

EMAILS: I’m still working out the bugs with my web designer on setting up an email account through which you can send photos.  Right now there is my personal account:  For now just submit photos through that account directly.  I’m currently working on a blog account through which where you will be able to email everything but that one is not quite ready. Dean, your photo came directly into my Wood Chip Chatter account.  Can you tell me what email address you used and how you did it?  It may help solve the problem.  Thanks for your patience.

Keep a sharp edge and keep on carvin’!

Let the chips fly!  Tell your friends about Wood Chip Chatter, and don’t forget to send in your questions and comments so we can keep Wood Chip Chatter Active and keep the conversations going!

And remember for now to email your photos to

“Black Bart” A pottle stopper carved by Bob Kozakiewicz

Published by carverbobk

I’m a self taught award winning wood carver who has been carving since I was a teenager. I enjoy instructing other carvers, especially beginners.

3 thoughts on “Question & Comments

  1. I just want to comment on the upsweep knives. A carving friend gifted me with one several years ago and I never used it until last year. I have the Flexcut brand that Bob showed on his blog yesterday. I love it and use it a lot more now. I can get a lot more wood off in places that before were difficult to get at. I used to have a lot of trouble rounding wood until I started using my upsweep knife, now it’s much easier for me. I have several Flexcut knives, v-tools and gouges and I love them all. Plus I have a couple of Helvie knives and love them also. My suggestion for any new carver is not to go out and buy all the knives you can get all at once. Take your time, get one really good knife to start out with until you figure out what you like to carve the most. Start your collection slowly so you don’t waste your money on tools you might never use again. Also I always suggest that you save your first ever carving so that in a year or so you can refer back to it to see the awesome improvements you have made.—-Phyllis

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  2. Bob
    Thanks for the compliment one the eyes. I did not make the bird houses they are actually part of a lamp in my sunroom. They just seemed like a good backdrop for the gnome. I’ve decided that he is a retired consultant gnome. A guy who knows stuff


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