It gets really hot here in the summertime. 100 degrees is not unheard of. It’s times like these that I really wish I had A/C in my shop already. It such a nice place to work. That is, unless you’re losing a quart of water an hour to the process of perspiration. Woodworking in wet clothes really sucks. However, that is not the topic of this post.
I was looking through the projects earlier this week and noticed some of the wonderful chip carvings that the amazingly skilled and talented folks on LJ have posted. I thought, “Hey, that’s something I could do in the house, or front portch, or under a shade tree, when it’s too hot in the shop!” With that, I was off to the <insert> to buy a knife and a book.
A few hours later, I had a chip carving knife and a book. I bought the “Complete Guide to Chip Carving” by Wayne Barton and a Pfeil knife. At first glance, it looks like chip carving might not be that hard. I mean, how hard is is to draw triangles then carve them out with a tiny little knife. That was a big, bad, assumption on my part. To quote my dad on a multitude of situations while I was growing up, “It ain’t as easy as it looks, is it?” Haha.
After a couple of hours, I think I made some good progress making chips but I’m nowhere near anything I would like to post here. I’m not one that ever backs down from a challenge and I won’t be putting the knife down any time soon. However, I could see how those with less determination would become frustrated and give up.
The cost (so far!), convenience, and portability are the main appeal right now because it sure ain’t the beautiful things I’ve created. I would say, if you’re a beginner, don’t give up early on, because “It ain’t as easy as it looks!”.
I’m interested in hearing from you experienced chip carvers about the early stages. If you have any additional suggestions, let me know.