Chip Carving Workshop: More Than 200 Ready-to-Use Designs

Overview

Chip carving, also known as spoon carving or "Kerbschnitt," is the ideal introduction to woodcarving for beginners. This simple traditional carving method uses just a few basic knives to remove selected chips of wood in small triangles, squares, and free-form curves, producing amazingly intricate and delicate results. Nationally known woodcarving artist and author Lora S. Irish shows you how to get started in this venerable craft.

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Overview

Chip carving, also known as spoon carving or "Kerbschnitt," is the ideal introduction to woodcarving for beginners. This simple traditional carving method uses just a few basic knives to remove selected chips of wood in small triangles, squares, and free-form curves, producing amazingly intricate and delicate results. Nationally known woodcarving artist and author Lora S. Irish shows you how to get started in this venerable craft.

Chip Carving Workshop takes you through all of the essential chip carving techniques, from tool sharpening and preparation to hand positions, chip cutting, and finishing. You'll discover how to use both geometric shapes and free form designs to create wonderfully detailed patterns. Practice projects will have you decorating household items and creating artistic pieces in a variety of original designs. Hope chests, wooden spoons, jewelry chests, clocks, candle plates, serving trivets and decorative plaques are just a few ideas for your new chip carving skills.

Inside you'll find original grid patterns, layouts and motifs for:
-Large Oval Kitchen Trivet
-Small Heart Candle Plate
-Fan Grid Candle Plate
-Oval Kitchen Trivet
-Casserole Trivet
-Heart Kitchen Trivet
-Walnut Hollow Serving Platter

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Editorial Reviews

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For those who-like me-aspire to be chip carvers, Lora Irish has created a valuable resource. She begins with a brief review of basic chip carving techniques, including the choice of wood, transferring patterns, sharpening and hand positions. While this brief overview touches on all the essential topics, I didn't think it provided enough detail for those of us at the very beginning of our chip carving careers. A few good beginning guides you can consult if you are at the same stage include Wayne Barton's The Complete Guide to Chip Carving and Dennis Moor's Chip Carver's Workbook. Jeff Fleisher also offers a beginner's guide book and pattern stamping kit that will get you into carving practice quickly.

The real strength of Irish's book comes after the introduction. First is a practice project to carve a heart border trivet that uses most of the cuts a carver would use in working other designs. This section is liberally illustrated and contains many helpful tips to make the work flow smoothly and effectively, whether the cuts are triangles, squares and rectangles, straight wall cuts, curved or sawtooth borders or free-form. Special features include an illustrated assessment of common chip carving mistakes and tips for applying a vintage finish to the trivet project.

Chapter 2 illustrates some layouts often used in chip carving, including some, like the double wedding ring, derived from traditional quilt patterns. This brief chapter will provide a rich source of inspiration for overall layout designs.

Most of the book is taken up by chapter 3, which is an extensive set of grids and patterns that can be built up in varying combinations to create endless designs of virtually any size or shape. The patterns are represented by line drawings on grid backgrounds and accompanied in many cases by photos of the resulting carvings, a valuable addition. The patterns are grouped by the number of grid squares on which they are based and range from 3 X 3 to 4 X 8 grids. These are supplemented by illustrations of border grids, fill patterns, straight wall cut grids and a number of other grid designs.

Next is a selection of circular grids, centerpiece motifs and some original patterns for trivets, wall plates and clock faces. The book concludes with several practice grids that can be copied and used to create your own designs.

Irish's book is a valuable resource for anyone aspiring to excel at chip carving. It is not, as stated earlier, the best initial resource for a carver who is just beginning the carving journey. A little more basic instruction on hand positions and sharpening angles in particular will be helpful to those starting out.

However, once the hand positions are mastered and the knives razor sharp, Irish's book is an outstanding next step. Not only will the heart border trivet provide a thorough practice project but the array of designs that make up the bulk of the book is truly comprehensive. With the caveat noted, this book is highly recommended to chip carvers at all levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565237766
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 322,541
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author.In addition to her work as an author, in 1997, working from her home studio, Lora and her husband, Michael, created www.carvingpatterns.com, an Internet-based studio focusing on online tutorials, projects, and patterns created exclusively by Lora for crafters and artisans. The website offers more than 1,500 patterns in various subject categories, including Americana, Animal and Wildlife, Celtic Knots, Dragons and Beasts, Nautical and Sea Life, Spirit People, and many more. Lora continues to provide new patterns-and inspiration to many artists-at the site. Lora also contributes a regular relief carving pattern column to Woodcarving Illustrated magazine and is a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazine.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Chip Carving Techniques
-Practice Project
-Gallery
Chapter 2 Simple Layout Ideas
Chpater 3 Chip Carving Grids and Patterns
-4x4 grids
-6x6 grids
-7x7 grids
-8x8 grids
-4x8 grids
-Border grids
-Fill patterns
-Straight wall cut grids
-Decorative grids
-Circular layouts
-Centerpiece motifs
-Square layouts

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