5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Introduction to Chip Carving

Introduction to Chip Carving
Instructor: Craig Stevens
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (evening)

Maximum Class Size: Approximately 12


Chip carving has been used by generations of craftspeople to embellish objects of function and beauty. Traditionally a peasant art, chip carving involves removing a series of carefully cut chips of wood to form an engraved design.

The workshop will focus on carving traditional geometric designs as well as Craig's own free-flowing variation of the more traditional carving style. Discussions and demonstrations center around the carving tools, sharpening, safe carving habits, wood selection, design layout and the carving techniques. Students will create practice boards, exploring a variety of cuts and geometric shapes common to chip carving, then combine those basic cuts into more complex patterns, carved on a wooden plate project.

Each session includes a lecture style of presentation and demonstrations, but the bulk of the time is spent on hands-on work. 

Chip carving can be used to create a stand-alone object of beauty, or used to decorate or adorn a piece such as a box or drawer front.

The price of this course includes two Hock chip carving knives.  PDW does this because it strongly believes that the design of these knives, which Craig had input on, makes a big difference in the quality of the carving.

Course fee (including materials and two Hock chip carving knives) $564

There are three ways to register for this class. 
• One can click on the sign up button below.

• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send us an email and we will forward the registration materials.

Here is the tools list.

Classes:  Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 2017 – Monday evenings.


Included in the course fee are these Hock chip carving and stab knives.

Students will begin to explore chip carving by working on a practice board.

Swiss Lace Plate

Free flowing variation