Project in 3 stages:
Ready-to-Carve, Carved, Completed and Stained
SKILL LEVEL: Novice / Beginner / Refresher
PREREQUISITES: No woodcarving experience needed. Individuals with prior training and/or experience, who want a refresher on chip carving fundamentals, will also benefit.
DESCRIPTION: Students will learn the foundational skills and techniques of this decorative art form. People often say, "I could never do that" when seeing a Chip Carved piece. Arguably, it's the easiest of all woodcarving styles to learn.
HISTORY: Chip Carving has been done for centuries, originating in Northern Europe, as a way to add beauty and personalize handmade wooden objects ranging from architectural building components to kitchen cabinet doors and other household items like cookie presses, decorative plates and bowls _ even wooden shoes.
Instructor: Bill Johnson operates under the name of Carolina Mountain Reefs. His mentor was Wayne Barton, and one trip to his website will show the result of many years of experience and study. His carvings are consistently top award winners in any show he enters.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Each student will learn how to sharpen, properly hold, and "make cuts" using a Wayne Barton chip carving knife supplied for class use. Applying important techniques like, "reading the wood's grain", Students will learn to carve two-sided (canoe-shaped) and three-sided (triangle-shaped) "chips" and how to use them in various patterns, borders, and rosettes, and then apply these new skills to complete one or more Ready-to-Carve coasters.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES: The Instructor will provide, for Class use, everything needed including; 1) Knives 2) Measuring, design, and layout tools 3) Pattern transfer paper, pencils, and erasers, and 4) Finishing products as needed.
Wayne Barton Premier Cutting Knives and Stab Knives are available for purchase at the Store, for students who wish to carve with their own.
COSTS: Tuition of $150 for one fun and intensive day of carving is due at the time of registration to assure a place in the Class. Ready-to-Carve Study Boards and Coasters are provided by the Store at a total cost of $25.
REGISTRATION by phone or in person:
Klingspor's Woodworking Shop
270 Rutledge Rd Unit A
Fletcher NC 28732, NC