Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #1: Class Description

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Blog entry by MyChipCarving posted 03-02-2011 11:43 PM 21656 reads 48 times favorited 75 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello and welcome to the first (of many ;-) LJ Chip Carving Class.
I’ll be leading you step-by-step through this class which is sure to be a lot of fun.

Skill level: All levels! I will provide instruction every step of the way! Beginners are my specialty :-). Advanced chip carvers are welcome too. Who knows, you might learn something along the way.

Age level: 12 years and up

Tools, equipment needed:
Chip carving knife (If you need a knife and order one from the My Chip Carving Store, tell me you’re in the LJ Chip Carving Class and I’ll sharpen your knife for free!
6×6” basswood or 4×4” basswood any thickness (I will have these available along with practice boards.)

Class Description:
For this chip carving class, everyone in class will carve one or more quilt squares.
The carved 6” and 4” squares will be assembled into a finished quilt pattern.
When your square(s) is completed, I’d like it if you would send your square(s) to me and I’ll sell or auction the completed quilt(s).
I will place the funds received in the My Chip Carving Foundation which was established to assist those who would like to chip carve but don’t have the means to do so.
More foundation info at –

Class Outline
Here’s an outline of class sessions for this project:
1. surface prep
2. pattern design
3. pattern transfer
4. chip carving
5. removing pattern lines and prep for finishing
6. finishing

Teaching methods
I’ve had great success teaching chip carving at My Chip Carving using video. I’ll be using video in this class along with some written descriptions and pictures to guide you through the process.

I will be providing patterns for our quilt squares suitable for a variety of skill levels. If you would rather design your own pattern, that will be just fine. The choice is yours!

Questions are welcome because if you have a question about something, it’s a good bet that others have the same question. The more interaction we can have back-and-forth, the more enjoyable and informative our class time will be.

Class timing
We will tentatively plan to complete the class in 6 weeks. We’ll flex and bend with this when we see how everyone is doing. If the class moves too slowly for you, no problem – carve more squares!!
If class moves a bit too quickly for you, you can always catch up later. We won’t rush through anything.

Cost – Niente! Zip! Nada! Kosong! Ingenting! Nic!

Let me hear from you so we can get started soon!

Marty Leenhouts

Our quilt(s) won’t look exactly like the one shown below. It is pictured to give you an idea of a chip carved quilt.
The variety we will have with 4” and 6” squares will create a visually stimulating pattern!

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 02:38 AM

Marty what a generous thing to offer Sign me up Son I’m on it.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 03:09 AM

I’m in .. busy right now but I’m sure I can fit it in.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 04:42 AM

I am interested

-- Duane, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 05:13 AM

sorry I would love to take part but instead I will be watching from the side lines.
Looking forward to it.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 05:21 AM

sorry will not have time at the moment
but as TJ I will follow this with interress on the sideline and learn

take care

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 05:39 AM

I’m in. I got two cases of band aids and am ready to go.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 01:10 PM

cases of bandaids—that’s funny!! (I hope it is funny and not needed… yikes)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 02:00 PM

I’m glad to see your interest so far, whether in class or watching from the sidelines.
Tell your friends! The more the merrier!

p.s. Dave, virtual band-aids are included :-)

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#9 posted 03-03-2011 02:53 PM

What is wrong with you folks? Band aids? Haven’t you found out about paper toweling and masking tape yet? I use tons of the stuff!

Can’t join the class, but I’ll be following with and picking up on the theory part.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-03-2011 04:01 PM

Great, when do we start?

-- RD

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#11 posted 03-03-2011 04:21 PM

Chip carving is definitely something that I want to learn how to do – especially the free form style. However, I always stay so busy and I’m already trying to teach myself how to carve from books and videos. I’m not sure that you can do both at the same time while you’re learning. I’ve always read that to learn chip carving (or any kind of carving) you have to practice, practice, practice. I’m not sure if I should officially commit to it. It might be better if I was an uncommitted member and see how it goes. BTW, I’ve seen your website and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to become a member of it anyways. I also am a member of Carvinonline which gives video lessons and it is really helping me. I’m sure that your site would be helpful too.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 03-03-2011 05:33 PM

Sign me up with the details of when this will start so I can get the needed wood and knife to start.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#13 posted 03-03-2011 05:38 PM

Hi Arrdee and Greg, welcome aboard!
Let’s give this class invite a few days for everyone to read.
I’d like to start the first of next week, Monday March 7th!

I’ll post an entry soon for those that need a knife and wood so you’ll have it when we kick off.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#14 posted 03-03-2011 06:23 PM

I’ll get my supplies this weekend then.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#15 posted 03-03-2011 11:03 PM

I will be watching from the sidelines right now. I do not have the funds available for chip carving knives

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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