Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #2: Supplies

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Blog entry by MyChipCarving posted 03-03-2011 07:09 PM 7382 reads 7 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Class Description Part 2 of Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares series Part 3: Lesson 1: Surface preparation »

If you need supplies for class, I’ll be glad to send them to you.
I’ll be posting the first session on Monday, March 7th, but you can always start anytime during the week.

Order as many squares as you like. I’ll be providing plenty of patterns to choose from.
Send an email to to let me know what you need.
Shipping is Priority Mail.

Swiss cutting knife w/free sharpening $24.95

6” basswood square – $1.50

4” basswood square – $1.00

3/8×5 x 12 practice boards – 4 pack, $11.20

Other supplies are available at

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 07:35 PM

Marty, in your honest opinion, to get what you should out of this what sort of time do you feel like you need to spend per week on this? I’m assuming of course that I would want to get to where I could do it reasonably well – at least something I wouldn’t be ashamed of anyways.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 07:49 PM

Good question. If you can find 15-30 minutes a day to look at the lesson and make some chips, I think you could make respectable progress.
I know this will be a first crack at chip carving for most so I’ll be designing the lessons and some of the patterns with this in mind. (more advanced patterns will also be provided)

That’s one of the great things about chip carving. In a relatively short period of time you can get decent results. The key is getting a good start using correct technique.

For example, this 2010 ornament was designed so it wouldn’t be too intimidating for most beginning chip carvers. I’ll be keeping this in mind during our class.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 08:12 PM

Marty, I’ll think on it. I may just go ahead and sign of for your site. That wouldn’t hurt anything would it? I was thinking about doing it anyways. I already have a good chip carving knife and I have plenty of basswood. It’s not the real nice Wisconsin stuff. It comes mostly from Ohio, New York and PA. We use it for plantation shutter molding but it carves pretty dang good – especially the 4/4.

To be honest, I don’t see how 30 minutes a day would be enough but all I ever did was one or two practice boards and that was maybe 5 or 6 years ago. That was back when I work 70 or more hours per week so I gave up trying to learn anything about carving. Now I work a pretty steady 50 hours per week and that gives me a little more time but I still have some stuff going on right now so may just want to follow along in a non committal way right now. I suppose that would be ok too so long as I just observe and don’t ask a lot of questions – right? I’ll think on it and let you know Monday.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 10:09 PM

Ok I got my knife sharp and my salsa ready. Let the chips fly. Were doing this in oak, right?


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

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 01:06 AM

Oh Charles, just quit whining and get out the carving knife. :) You can do this! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 02:14 PM

asking questions: don’t hold back – your questions will bring more answers for the rest of us!

Even if you are just observing from the sidelines, if you have a question, now is the time to ask – when we have an instructor “in the house”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 02:55 PM

Debbie is right – if you have a question, ask it!
I don’t care if you are carving or watching, your questions are welcome.

The only bad question is the one not asked.

btw, I do think that 30 minutes a day will be enough for you to get some good results. Follow the instruction I’ll offer and practice using proper technique and you can do this!

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 04:43 PM

If I can’t find Basswood what other wood would be good for starting?
It seems as if Lowes doesn’t carry it here. Will check the lumber yard today.

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

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 05:08 PM

Basswood is not available at most home centers. It is the best to start on as it is soft and tight grained.
I can send you practice boards and squares.
You can start on pine, but it does have hard spots and will be more of a challenge for the first time.
I always start my students with basswood to build confidence and enjoyment.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 06:56 PM

I would love to go to these classes. I’ve been working off and on, mostly on, at chip carving about 1 year and really like it. I still have trouble with curves and depth estimation but I’m getting there. I have watched the videos on My Chip Carving many times. They are very well done. I’d love to know where Marty gets his basswood, it is of very good quality and I would highly recommend his store products.
I’m currently in Naples, FL and have just carved the napkin holder and am trying to think of a way to incorporate some sea shells into the design.

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 07:02 PM

HI Kathy!
Thanks for the kind words. Good basswood is so important for carving. The best is found in my backyard in da’ nortland heer in Minnesoooota, doncha know!
Keep making chips,

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#12 posted 03-04-2011 08:53 PM

Quilt square sizes
If you plan on making your own quilt squares to carve, let’s shoot for these dimensions:
3-3/4×3-3/4 any thickness
5-3/4×5-3/4 any thickness

I didn’t come up with these dimensions because of some great plan I devised. Rather, I can maximize the stock I have on hand with these dimensions and waste very little.

Basswood is preferred – it is easiest to carve, yields great results, and will help build your confidence
Other woods can be carved such as: butternut, pine, poplar

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#13 posted 03-04-2011 09:45 PM

Count me in Marty. I’m a platinum member of MyChipCarving. Your instructions, E-Letters and videos are terrific. I’ve made enough “firewood” by now so it’s time to get serious. I’m looking forward to the designs. This gives me a goal and I think that’s what’s been missing for me.

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

Hey Joker33,
I’m glad this class hits the mark for you!
No more firewood :-)

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#15 posted 03-05-2011 07:08 AM

How do I sign up? Just say I want to do this?

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