A Comprehensive Guide on Wood Carving Bits/Burrs

By Kevin Kessinger •  Updated: 09/07/22 • 

Power carving bits come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Some are hard as diamonds, while some are as fragile as ceramic. They also go by names such as burs, carvers, stones, disks, and cutters. Wood carving bits perform one task, and that is wood removal.

Different wood carving bits serve different purposes. There are ones that remove wood faster, there are ones that leave a smooth finish, and the different shapes and sizes are for different jobs. This guide will see the different bits types, profiles, sizes, and shapes. We’ll also talk about how to care for your wood carving burs.

This is Kutzall Original Ball/Bull Nose Rotary Burr

This is Kutzall Original Ball/Bull Nose Rotary Burr

Bit Shapes

There are different bit shapes available.

Bit Cleaner and Cleaning Materials

Bits will get clogged after using them for some time. To keep them in good shape, you need to clean them and keep them well maintained.

A propane torch is one of the ways to clear a clogged carbide bur. Stiff wires and bristle brushes can also be used alone for steel burs or after using a propane torch for carbide burs.

Kevin Kessinger

Kev is the founder of Pro Wood Carving and has been carving spoons, small pieces, and whittling since his teenage years. He has continued to level up his wood carving skills and wanted to share his journey and knowledge with other wood carvers. He launched Pro Wood Carving in 2021 to make wood carving more approachable for everyone looking to improve their skills.