Is poplar good for carving

Find the right wood to carve ...

Granted, there are many types of wood that are suitable for carving.
I would like to limit myself here to the types of wood, on the one hand
are very easy to carve with the motor saw and on the other hand
be placed in the garden or in the entrance area of ​​the house.

This means that the wood is exposed to the weather, such as extreme moisture, direct sunlight
or exposed to snow. When carving with a chainsaw you are in contrast to carving with a chisel and mallet
not dependent on the hardness of the wood or on the
Wood structure (e.g. fiber length). When carving with chisel sets, you should use wood that is as soft as possible, such as birch, maple, linden or beech.

For chainsaw artists, weather-resistant wood with a low tendency to crack and
high availability is very important. There are certainly other factors, such as hardness
of the wood, but these play a subordinate role when carving with a chainsaw.

In the following I would like to introduce you to the best wood carvings for wooden figures in the garden.

Oak wood
My absolute favorite wood is good old oak. Oak wood stands out
characterized by a very high resistance to weathering and is often available in large quantities
and diameters available. Freshly whipped or dry
very easy to work with a chainsaw.


The larch wood is also very suitable for carving with power saws.
Clearly visible annual rings, high resin content and reddish wood appearance with a narrow
The larch is characterized by sapwood.
Due to the high resin content, the wood is very suitable for outdoor use and
very weather resistant.

Cherry wood

The robust cherry wood is often found and is also available in larger diameters.
The wood is characterized by a reddish color and is especially suitable for decorative wooden figures
Well suited for indoor use. In the outdoor area, the cherry needs good wood protection,
to last for many years.


Unfortunately, the mammoth wood is rarely found. The wood is particularly low
Crack formation, which makes the garden figurines valuable for years. It is also very appealing
the dark red-brown color of the wood.

Robinia (false acacia)

If one speaks of acacia in Germany, it is almost certainly the false acacia resp.
Robinia meant. The acacia is often only found in subtropical areas in South America, Asia,
Africa and Australia. Instead, the black locust is also widespread in Europe.
The robinia is a very hard and heavy wood. But very weather-resistant and required
from the durability no painting. However, I recommend painting for visual reasons,
because it quickly darkens and turns gray.


Many use the poplar as a carving wood, as this wood is in high availability and high
Diameters is available. The wood is also characterized by its long fiber content,
with a low tendency to crack. A poplar trunk was carved with a chainsaw
you can quickly see the disadvantage of long fibers. With a lot of effort and the use of various aids
the remaining threads / chips must be removed.
Nevertheless, the poplar can only be recommended to a limited extent for outdoor use. The wood is very susceptible to
Mushrooms and is not very weather-resistant if left untreated

Douglas fir

Douglas fir wood can also be used very well outdoors. Not that weather-resistant
like the larch, the wood will last for a few years outdoors. The Douglas fir is a heavy one
Wood, which is more prone to cracks than larch, for example. Often available in larger diameters.