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Lesson 8: Common Shapes Build Confidence

Objective: After completing this lesson you will be able to explain and demonstrate proper form when removing common shapes found in many chip carving patterns. You will have the confidence to teach these techniques when necessary.

Assignment

Complete each item below and email required items to me for assessment at info@mychipcarving.com .

    1. Apply the 10-Minute Power Workout Pattern to a basswood practice board. Remove all of the chips on this pattern that were covered in today’s lesson. Straight lines, 4-sided chips, double concave crescent, Gothic leaf
    2. Take 4 close up, in focus photographs of the chips removed for this week’s lesson (4 photos total) and email them to me.
    3. In the body of your email rate your ABILITY LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to carving these common shapes AND rate your CONFIDENCE LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to teaching the technique to remove these common shapes.
    4. What’s the key to chip carving a line that’s straight-as-an-arrow?
    5. When removing a 4-sided square chip, what two things could cause the bottom of the chip to contain a small line rather than a single point?
    6. What technique must be followed to make sure the valley and ridge meet at the same point in the bottom of a Gothic leaf chip?
Materials needed:
  1. 10-Minute Power Workout Pattern (Word or pdf)
  2. 6″ basswood practice board
  3. Pattern transfer tool
  4. Modified Knife, lapboard and no-slip mat for each student
  5. Teacher demo materials
  6. Video camera, projector and screen if available

Read Read pp., Chip Carving Essentials, pp.60-69

Watch these Platinum Videos: 10-Minute Power Workout Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

Watch this video CCCI – Common Shapes

Lesson Information & Review:

The common shapes covered in this lesson are important to master in order to be prepared and confident to teach them when needed. In a class consisting entirely of brand new chip carvers, teaching two-sided and three-corner chips is usually all that’s needed and necessary. But usually you’ll have a mixture of students with some newbies, several who have tried chip carving before and a few who have chip carved for a while. Don’t let this scare you. Instead, focus on being prepared to teach the technique needed to remove these common shapes. When you teach these techniques to your students, no matter their level of experience, you’ll help them find greater success.

Straight lines – the key is positioning the line to be carved directly in line with the forearm. This makes it easier to draw the knife back in a perfectly straight line. Looking slightly ahead of the blade helps as well but if the board is not lined up properly it is very hard to carve consistently straight and uniform lines. Use the cutting knife for straight lines. More metal in the wood helps hold the knife in a straight line.

4 – sided chips – Introduce the Modified Knife when demonstrating these chips. It’s easier for the point of the knife to reach the bottom of the chip when using the Modified Knife. If the pattern is a perfect square and if all 4 cuts are made at the same angle, all of the cuts will meet at one point in the bottom of the chip. If a small line forms in the bottom of the chip either the angle of some of the cuts has changed or the pattern was a rectangle and not a square.

Double concave crescent – The new technique you’ll teach on this chip is slightly rocking the handle of the knife forward on the first cut to help drive the point of the knife to the bottom of the chip. This technique is useful on other pattern shapes as well and will help your students visualize the point of the knife reaching the deepest part of the chip. Remind students to maintain the same angle with the knife when rocking the handle forward.

Gothic leaf – this shape shows up in a many patterns in slightly different shapes. Even though the shape changes, the technique to remove the chips doesn’t change. Practice this shape oriented in various directions with the grain so you’ll know which cut to make first when it comes to removing each section of the chip. Continue to practice rolling your knife over to cut with the grain. Help your students when it comes to placing the point of the knife in the very bottom of the chip on the last cut. Show them the results of a sharp ridge and straight valley meeting at one point in the bottom of the chip.

Take a look at the chip carving below and you’ll find most of the common shapes in this lesson!

Assignment

Complete each item below and email required items to me for assessment at info@mychipcarving.com . When answering questions 4-6, please copy/paste the question along with your answer in the body of your email.

    1. Apply the 10-Minute Power Workout Pattern to a basswood practice board. Remove all of the chips on this pattern that were covered in today’s lesson. Straight lines, 4-sided chips, double concave crescent, Gothic leaf
    2. Take 4 close up, in focus photographs of the chips removed for this week’s lesson (4 photos total) and email them to me.
    3. In the body of your email rate your ABILITY LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to carving these common shapes AND rate your CONFIDENCE LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to teaching the technique to remove these common shapes.
    4. What’s the key to chip carving a line that’s straight-as-an-arrow?
    5. When removing a 4-sided square chip, what two things could cause the bottom of the chip to contain a small line rather than a single point?
    6. What technique must be followed to make sure the valley and ridge meet at the same point in the bottom of a Gothic leaf chip?

You’re making good progress! Stay positive and keep practicing.

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