carving wood tool

Bonsai Jin grafting Tool

This jin tool is especially designed to carve detailed lines and design into the art of you jin or death wood.

carving and graving tools for death wood in bonsai

Cut into the wood and allow it to dry to achieve a desired dead-wood effect.


To make fine designs and effects, like shari and jin, a carving tool like this piece is needed. Using the blade of the end will allow you to shave of bark and other wood elements.

death wood bonsai juniper

The carver does not need much care.

Try to keep it clean and sharp for best long term care.

Bonsai tools for carving bark into artist jin, shari, and shabamiki designs often like a set.

bonsai chisel set for carving death wood

The set includes the most essential items that are traditionally used to make deadwood effects on your tree. Included in the kit are bark carvers and chisels with different sizes and shaped tips for a variety of design techniques. Use the graver tools to perform jinning effects on the bonsai. As you chisel or carve into the bark you are creating effects that in time become deadwood. These bonsai tools are sometimes called gravers and designed for carving.


Applying pressure to the tool will allow hobbyists to break into the bark. Please anchor your tree and make sure it is stable, pushing too hard without proper measures and anchoring assurance may risk uprooting your tree.

Try to avoid using graving techniques without first making proper preparations. When ready, go to work on your vision, allow wood to dry, and then beautiful jin will appear a couple days later.

carving and graving tools for death wood in bonsai

Cut into the wood and allow it to dry to achieve a desired dead-wood effect.


Always make sure your edges are sharp and clean. Some people like to apply tape or material around the base for grip. Please make sure if you perform applying additional grip to your tool, that it is tightly wrapped, as loose material may be difficult to tool.