To wet your appetite for what’s ahead, here’s a picture of what we’ll be carving in this class. Martywww.MyChipCarving.com866-444-6996
Nairi Safaryan was born in 1958 in the town of Shushi located in the Karabagh region of Armenia. Nairi’s childhood is filled with memories of carving wooden toys, drawing and creating chalk sculptures. In 1996, Safaryan was invited to participate in two exhibitions at the Yerevan’s Folk Art Museum and honored with the title of Folk Master. This honor was bestowed on him not only because he had reached the level of Master Woodcarver, but because Safaryan’s work has a special charm that dis...
Just wanted to congratulate Jordan for being featured in the current Highlander e-magazine. That beautiful war shirt certainly displays some of his spectacular talent. For those who do not get the Highlander emails – here is a link to the article – Jordan's war shirt carving. Great to see some of your fantastic carvings getting more exposure….it should certainly lead to more commissions as more realize what exquisite work you do.
There are some woodworkers that have a broad range of experience with all sorts of tools and can use them skillfully in keeping with their function. I am not one of those. I am going to tell you about tools that I know nothing about. I am going to give you advice, some of which is based on practices I have yet to try. I am going to mention tools that I have never even held in my hands. And after I do, you are going to come to the realization that, “If this chump can carve a spoon, so can I...
I’ve been trying to learn chip carving for about 3 months. I like to carve free form chip carvings. I’ve still not gotten to the point where I’m satisfied with my chip carvings but I can do it better than what I could three months ago. I also try to do relief carvings occasionally but I haven’t done very many. Anyways, for the first time in a good while I decided that I wanted to do a relief carving so I chose this simple flower since I’m a beginner. IR...
A few weeks back my family had the opportunity to go to my brother’s cabin on the Cartecay River up in north Georgia for a four day weekend. It is a beautiful place to visit and the log cabin has all of the amenities, is very nice, and has ample room for a large family to live in comfort. There is a screened in porch that stretches all the way across the back of the cabin and a stone covered patio on the bottom floor under the porch. The porch and patio have ample furnishings. On the po...
I have entered the international art competition called Art Takes London. There is a public rating award that needs your support. Please go to the link below and rate my works at the upper right corner of the page. Thank you. Kwok Wing – ArtTakesLondon http://www.arttakeslondon.com/Wingwong
Well folks here is today’s practice carving. It’s amazing how quick you can learn this stuff! This ambar is done with the relief technique and the pattern is acanthus. OK, OK, I’M JUST KIDDING!! My real practice stuff follows below. Right after breakfast today I rushed out to the workshop to get some carving wood for practice session today. After that I photocopied a pattern from my carving book, transferred it to my wood with carbon paper. At the same time my wife pul...
Lesson 5: Chip Carving Square #1In this lesson you will apply what you learned in Lesson 4. This first quilt square is made up entirely of three corner chips. Here’s the pattern: Right-click on the image and select “Save Image As” and save it to your hard drive.I hope the pattern size will remain the same so you can transfer it directly to your square.If you need to resize the image, this can be done with a photo editor or in Word after inserting the picture. Practi...
Here are some of the rules I have learned for carving small objects – i.e. those that are small enough to hold in your non-dominant hand while you use a sharp carving knife of some kind. In my case this was the Vesper knife I had purchased. The knife must be sharp – a blunt tool is a dangerous tool. Cut away from your body parts – it is almost always possible to hold the object in such a way that the knife is cutting away from you so that any slip of the knife will sh...
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