Instructor: Craig Stevens
September 10 - October 15, 2018 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (6 Monday evenings)
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, with the bulk of the time 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. PFW 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.
Cost includes all materials and two Hock chip carving knives