The Fist Position

Close your hand around the shank of the carving tool to make a fist, leaving approximately 25-35mm (1-1 3/8in) of the shank from the cutting edge exposed. Remember the cutting edge should always be next to your little finger.

This method of holding the chisel provides extra grip when removing large amounts of timber.

The fist position provides extra grip when increased force is required to remove large amounts of timber.