Six (6) students minimum; Ten (10) students maximum
No woodcarving experience needed. Individuals with prior training and/or experience, who want a refresher on chip carving fundamentals, will also benefit.
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.
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.
Each student will learn proper knife sharpening, knife holding techniques, and how to "read" grain direction. Using the included basswood Study Board*, 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. More challenging forms will be added, including; leaves and flowers, grids, and lettering. Finally, we'll begin work on the Ready-to-Carve™ Four-Seasons Story Board.
By phone or in person: Klingspor's Woodworking Shop, 270 Rutledge Road, Fletcher, NC, (828) 687-3940.
- Tuition $185 (includes Study Board)*. A deposit of $80 is due at the time of registration
- Ready-to-Carve™ Four Seasons Story Board; $16.00
Materials and supplies: The instructor will provide everything needed for class use including; 1) Wayne Barton Premier Cutting Knife and Premier Stab Knife 2) Measuring, design, and layout tools 3) Pattern transfer paper, pencils, and erasers, and 4) Finishing products as needed. Knives and transfer paper are also available for purchase at Klingspor.