Although most timbers can be carved there are undoubtedly some which are easier to use than others! In the UK the dominant species
used as a carving timber is Lime (Tilia spp.) This is because it is largely knot-free, cuts relatively easily, leaves a clean surface after cutting (though it responds less well to abrasive use), it is economical
and is reasonably available from domestic sources. It is the timber used most commonly by the historic masters of the art of architectural carving such as Grinling Gibbons, albeit the timber was often dyed and
polished to match the other timbers used within a decorative scheme. Today it is the material normally both recommended for beginners and is commonly used for all sorts of sculptural work.
We supply Lime Carving
Blanks cut into rectangular cuboid shape. The supply varies substantially in terms of size so most of the pieces available are "one-offs": there may be others on our shelves of similar size, but we rarely have
significant numbers of identically-sized pieces. This is to try to provide you, the customer, with the maximum variation in hopes this allows you to find a piece to suit your project.
The timber is kiln dried to an MC of around 10-15% though this will vary with ambient conditions.