Carving Class Opening This Weekend

carvedpanelUpdate: The space has been claimed.

This Saturday & Sunday I (Daniel Clay, Saturday Box Company) will be teaching a two-day chip carving class at the Lost Art Press storefront. The class is designed especially for first-time and beginner chip carvers, and no prior woodworking experience is necessary — chip carving provides an excellent introduction to some fundamental woodworking concepts such as navigating grain direction and sharpening, so it’s a great place to start even if you’ve never touched a tool. Experienced woodworkers are welcome, of course, and will find chip carving technique to be a wonderful addition to their skill set.

I have a last-minute opening in the class, so if you’d like to attend please email me at I’m excited about this class — my first time teaching at Lost Art Press — and looking forward to sharing this beautiful, ancient decorative technique with others.

Class description:
In this two-day class, students will receive comprehensive instruction in the fundamentals of chip carving, a decorative technique in which faceted “chips” are removed from a wooden surface to produce geometric patterns, stylized images, lettering and ornamentation. Through demonstrations, guided practice, skill-building exercises, and the completion of a decorative wall hanging, students will leave class with all the knowledge, experience and confidence to pursue chip carving on their own. One of the most attractive aspects of chip carving (especially for beginning woodcarvers) is that it can be accomplished at a high level with minimal tools and materials; all you need to become a great chip carver is a sharp knife, some suitable wood and a little practice.

No prior woodworking or carving experience is necessary to take the class, but all are welcome! This class is best suited to those with little or no chip carving experience.

The instructor will provide the wood and other necessary materials for the class. Students must supply their own chip carving knives. If you don’t have a chip carving knife it is strongly recommended that you start with this knife, or this two-knife set. Additionally, it is recommended that students bring a pencil, a sheet of #220-grit sandpaper, a 12″ combination square, and, if you have one, a sharp block plane.

About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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3 Responses to Carving Class Opening This Weekend

  1. nrhiller says:

    Oh, the pain. That looks exquisite! I will be installing cabinets on Saturday.


  2. Diane A Templar says:

    Where is this?


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