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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #9: Lesson 4: Proper Technique

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« Part 8: Lesson 4: Pattern Transfer Part 9 of Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares series Part 10: Lesson 5: Chip Carving Square #1 »

Lesson 4: Proper Technique

Needed in this lesson: chip carving knife, basswood practice board, mechanical pencil, t-square

We’ve all heard many times that “practice makes perfect”. But really this is faulty advice. It’s
not “practice” that makes perfect, but rather, “perfect practice makes perfect”.

This is very true when it comes to chip carving. Developing proper technique from the start will
lead to good results in short order and a lifetime of enjoyable carving.

Bad habits can be hard to break so watch this lesson as many times as needed until you feel comfortable repeating the procedure just like you see demonstrated.

Proper technique will result in consistently angled cuts that meet in the same place at the bottom
of each chip. You’ll see what I mean as you watch Lesson 4: Chip Carving Technique.

Next lesson: First Quilt Square

Many more lessons and patterns are available with either a Gold or Platinum Membership.
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Ask if you have any questions.
Until next time…
Marty Leenhouts
My Chip Carving
866-444-6996

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996



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Cubie

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#1 posted 1231 days ago

Marty,
It appears to me that the layout is across the grain. What would happen if the layout was with the grain? Would that change the techique at all?

-- Cubie

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lightweightladylefty

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#2 posted 1231 days ago

Marty,

I’d love to watch the videos but it would take me about 18 hours of download time on my dial-up to get the 9 minutes of video. I asked at the library if there is a way for me to copy it to a CD (off their high-speed) and watch it at home but no one could tell me how. Once I close the internet connection here, I have to start the download again each time I want to watch it.

Well, maybe some day we’ll make it into the 21st century! Thank you for your generous teaching gift!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Don Johnson

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#3 posted 1231 days ago

I will probably never do any chip carving, but watched your very clear and instructive video with interest.

My attention was diverted slightly by the fact that the background music was one of my favourite pieces – ‘Angels Guard Thee’ or ‘Berceuse de Jocelyn’ by Godard. I particularly like Kenneth McKellar version on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUXWaeYPkKA

I must say, this was not the most likely piece to find on a woodworkers’ website – thank you.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 1231 days ago

Marty, that big chip is beautiful. I assume that is exactly three times as big as the chip based on the 4mm squares. Is that correct? That’s what it looks like. I assume that we should stick with the 4mm chips until we can make them very well and reasonably fast.

Or should we just venture out into whatever we want to try – rosettes, free form, letters, ect. all at the same time?

-- 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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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 1231 days ago

BTW, one of the books that I have is Chip Carving with introduction by Barry McKenzie . As you can see on the cover, there are some patterns inside that would make really good quilt squares. There are a lot of other nice projects inside. These are actually a set of coasters that are one of the projects but they are only 1/4” difference in width and height so could be adapted for the quilt squares. I just thought that someone might be interested in getting the book because of the patterns. At only $13.50 I thought that it was well worth it.

-- 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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MyChipCarving

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#6 posted 1231 days ago

helluvawreck asks - “Marty, that big chip is beautiful. I assume that is exactly three times as big as the chip based on the 4mm squares. Is that correct?”

The big chip shown in the video is 10mm high x 20mm wide. As you get further along in your chip carving you’ll see the beauty when large chips are combined with smaller chips to create visual variety in the pattern.

”I assume that we should stick with the 4mm chips until we can make them very well and reasonably fast.
Or should we just venture out into whatever we want to try – rosettes, free form, letters, ect. all at the same time?”

My recommendation is to start with 4mm chips as they are manageable and they are a nice size to build confidence and develop proper technique. When the 4mm chips start turning out well, then you can increase the size of three corner chips.
Following the lessons in the Gold and Platinum Membership area will move you ahead in proper sequence.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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ed1175

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#7 posted 1231 days ago

I really like the 3 chip cuts all in the first position. More consistency!

Thanks

Ed

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#8 posted 1231 days ago

Marty
In this video shows only one position for the knive. I saw a video from your site named proper technique also and numbered 101, and in that video the man teaching the technique uses 2 hand positions. Can you explain the difference please?
Gerardo

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#9 posted 1231 days ago

My high school band director would say “practice makes permeant” but “perfect practice makes perfect”

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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MyChipCarving

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#10 posted 1230 days ago

Gerardo asks:
Marty
In this video shows only one position for the knive. I saw a video from your site named proper technique also and numbered 101, and in that video the man teaching the technique uses 2 hand positions. Can you explain the difference please?

Since I released Lesson 101: Proper Technique, I’ve found that teaching beginning chip carvers to use the same grip of the knife for all three cuts on the three corner chip produces better results in less time. It is just a lot easier to understand and as Ed has said, “Produces more consistency”.

Recently I released Lesson 141: Three corner chips, Another method. This new lesson demonstrates one grip for three corner chips just like I’ve shown you in this LJ lesson.

Lesson 141 is a Platinum Member video is you would like to watch it now.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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MyChipCarving

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#11 posted 1230 days ago

Cubie asks,
Marty,
It appears to me that the layout is across the grain. What would happen if the layout was with the grain? Would that change the techique at all?

The only thing that would change if this was positioned with the grain would be that one cut would be with the grain. Just make sure your with the grain cut is NOT your last cut. If the with the grain cut is last, it can tend to run with the grain ahead of your knife creating a ragged edge rather than a clean, crisp cut.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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MyChipCarving

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#12 posted 1230 days ago

Don says,
My attention was diverted slightly by the fact that the background music was one of my favourite pieces – ‘Angels Guard Thee’ or ‘Berceuse de Jocelyn’ by Godard. I particularly like Kenneth McKellar version on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUXWaeYPkKA

I must say, this was not the most likely piece to find on a woodworkers’ website – thank you.

How nice to know that the background music I randomly selected is one of your favorite pieces!
I like that!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Cubie

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#13 posted 1229 days ago

Marty, thanks for that answer. i’ve been trying to remember when one should cut with the grain and again you’ve straightened me out. BTW I think the new video is outstanding, it better illustrates the whole process. Outstanding!

-- Cubie

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#14 posted 1229 days ago

Very informative. Thanks Marty!;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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rich2008

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#15 posted 1228 days ago

Marty;

I have one carving done now, and am working on my pattern for the 2nd. I carved it in 3/8 X 3 3/4 X 3 3/4 square bass wood. Your idea of checking with “quilting patterns” on Google, going to line drawings, is really the cat’s meow here for coming up with different designs. I think if we all come up with a variety of cuts, it will be an interesting quilt board. We shall see, huh!

Rich

PS. About your line of chip carving knives? When will we be able to see them? Getting closer?

Thanks

-- Rich, Mississippi Gulf Coast

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