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 S...
Hey everyone, It was suggested that I start a discussion on how to find and harvest burls. Please give your input also. I don’t deal with straight grain that often. I cut and sell burls for a living so here is what I know. It is illegal to harvest a burl without permission. of course if it is on your own property you can give yourself permission. What I do is put an ad on Craig’s list saying I want your burls. Most people don’t know what burls are. So you don’t get that many calls....
Lesson 3: Pattern Development The project we are tackling in this class is a chip carved quilt. Quilt patterns lend themselves very well to chip carving. Geometric in nature, various elements of a quilt pattern can be removed to create a carved version of the fabric quilt. If there is a quilter in your household, no doubt there will be a book, magazine, or quilting journal in the bookcase, magazine rack, or under the bed (maybe only in my house). Get one out and page through it thinking...
I am an “Urban Logger”. I only mill trees from town. There is a reason for this. I am a tree hugger (yea really) Not the stereotype, insert your own mental picture here, that have given that title a negative connotation. BUT, I do love trees. I think they are magnificent. I know this sounds weird from a guy that runs a sawmill, you would think I just feel they are for me to chop down and mill and make money from. It’s not like that at all . I started sawmilling just to keep ...
Some of you may have remembered me from the past, I do chip carving on woodworking items. Every year I try and make one large chip carving for the carving shows and this year is no exception. I started this project in Apr and am just finishing the first phase. This is a 24”Sq. made of basswood with a walnut frame around it. When I make a carving like this I will make sample pieces just to make sure the design will work. This is all made using a knife. In the middle pinwhee...
I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers. Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste. Whether y...
The last steps to complete our plate is to apply a finish.The finishing process gives many carvers headaches and can lead to much frustration.With this in mind, I’ve created a series of finishing lessons in the My Chip Carving Video Vault.I won’t create a full-blown finishing video for this class but instead will encourage you to check out the finishing series already created. Here are the steps to finish your plate. 1. Remove all leftover pattern lines. The following video ...
Several people made some nice comments about some ornaments I posted and there seemed to be a little interest in a mini-tutorial on how to carve them. Santas are pretty easy to carve, since everyone has some familiarity with the subject and Santa is easy to recognize with just a few key features. This style is particularly easy to make since the eyes are covered. A carver named Don Worley may have invented this style, called “no-see-ums”, but I just make them up without following ...
As mentioned in the previous entry, at the suggestion of my instructor, I modified the design such that the whole top would be a torsion grid. This approach did present its own problem though. Since the design called for the ‘leg’ to act as a massive tenon seated in the underside of the top, I would need a lot of bulk around the leg. I considered laminating solid wood pieces to build it up. I decided against that; I can’t recall why. Instead, I opted to take what I call t...
I’ve created 9 – 3-3/4” patterns and 6 – 5-3/4” patterns that you can pick from to chip carve. Creating your own patterns is encouraged too. Here’s a glimpse of one page of the 3-3/4” patterns. The easiest way I could come up with for you to be able to download these quilt square patterns I’ve prepared, is to post them in the My Chip Carving Member area. If you are already a member – log in and go to the Pattern Vault and look...
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