As a complete novice in this particular field, I’ll leave it to the
true experts to point you in most directions, especially if you want
to carve accurate and geometric forms or settings. Still, I love
carving, and have a couple of ideas that might help…
Even if you have 20/20 vision, get a real good magnifying glass to
check fine detail, and work under the best light possible. My eyes
are no longer what they used to be, and I finally lashed out and
bought a very expensive pair of optical loupes with a focal distance
of around 12", the sort surgeons use; with them I can see and get
detail that just wouldn’t be possible for me otherwise. I love them.
Be adventurous when it comes to the tools you use… I don’t much
use the cheap set of ‘wax carving tools’ I first bought!
My favourites are two common or garden four inch round head nails
with the pointy end annealed, forged into a broad pointed curve and
an arrow head, both of which have been well sharpened and polished. I
also use wood and clay working tools and old dental tools begged from
Clean up every scrap of wax shavings when you decide to stop for a
while and do something else - odd bits of wax getting into other work
are a nuisance!
If freeform and sculptural designs are your thing, be prepared to
become totally addicted. Be patient, take your time, take regular
short breaks… and have fun.