This course is intended for both introductory and advanced students. Beginning students will be introduced to the traditional art of Chip Carving - a type of woodcarving in which a small knife is used to incise decorative floral and geometric designs into basswood or butternut. The design is created by the removal of small pieces (chips) of wood. Chip carving is an ancient traditional craft. Chip carved plates, jewelry and keepsake boxes, trays, breadboards, furniture and other items can make wonderful gifts and also decorate the home with traditional motifs. Some previous carving experience is helpful but not necessary. Advanced students are encouraged to register for this class and work on your own projects that were either started or discussed in previous classes. Suggestions are: coasters, commemorative plates, jewelry boxes, hearth stools, breadboards and other items readily available from suppliers listed on your introductory class paper.
NOTE: The materials fee is $47 for beginners and $0 for advanced students, to be paid to the instructor on the first day of the course. Chip carving knives will be supplied by the school. Students wishing to purchase a chip carving knife should do so from either mychipcarving.com, Marty Leenhounts website, or chipcarving.com, Wayne Barton's website. An introductory Chip Carving book is helpful as well.