The common wisdom says not to buy sets of tools since we only end up using three or four tools out of the set most of the time. But unless the carver has spent lots and lots of time carving lots of different projects, how is the carver supposed to know which three or four gouges and knives will be the ones most used? Besides, isn’t it nice to have lots of toys to play with? Some people play with dolls while others play with tin soldiers. My brother plays with cars. I play with gouges and chisels and knives and wood.