Bill came to Red Barn Retreats for the chip carving class on lettering. Like me, Bill enjoys carving signs and does some wonderful work. Here’s a sign he just completed.
“This one goes to Brattleboro, VT. Birch, 21″ by 12”, panel is one piece, figure is appliqué. Here is a good example of letting the grain tell the story — the trees are near a good bass spot on a Minnesota lake. Finish is polyurethane. About 100+ hours of work on this project. lots of research and modeling before I started. The flower bed is along the 18th century European style. Learned a lot, especially to get acquainted with small script carving with special knife (Platinum Modified Knife) (thanks to you).”
We’ve recently added a new Category in the My Chip Carving Store for various items that have a ding, nick, scratch, streak or something else that makes them less than 100% perfect. Our guess is that you’ll hardly notice the slight imperfections in most of the Clearance items. If it is an item to carve you can rest assured that you’ll still be able to carve it and put it to good use. If you have questions about any item feel free to contact us.
Here are just a few:
Classic Jewelry Box – 25% OFF
Knife Box – 25% OFF
9×14 Cross – 25% OFF
Platinum Modified Knife – 25% OFF
Trivet – 25% OFF
…and there’s MORE! Click HERE
I am honored to share with you these cross carvings during Passion Week and the soon coming Resurrection Easter Sunday.
This is from Earl, “Marty, here are a couple of close-up photos of some of the crosses which I’ve carved. I probably only have about 30 or 40 left at this point and I have given away probably more than that. Carving the crosses is a real Spirit driven passion in my life. My soulmate wife of 53 years passed away recently after an extended illness and I believe God has given me chip carving as a way to both come to grips with the grief and to glorify him. What a blessing chip carving truly is to so many of us and your efforts at furthering this avocation is appreciated so much.”
These are from Andrei in Austria, “I am attaching a picture of the back of my latest cross, with a motif I saw on some liturgical vestments. Next time I need to do it more attentively and symmetrically, but I thought it came out well on wood as well. ;o) Wishing you a blessed Holy Week, Andrei”
In the most recent E-letter I shared with you some of the things Gary has learned.
This email from Jim adds some valuable tips that I hope you can apply.
Wow, I wish Gary had learned the importance of having and KEEPING a sharp knife. Some of my suggestions to add:
Treat each chip as a separate carving. This helps especially when doing an intricate carving. It is easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees. Before you leave the chip, do any cleanup needed.
As you carve, remember to either strop or hone your knife as needed. If you can’t remember when you last stropped your knife, it is probably time.
Challenge yourself. You will get better as you choose more challenging patterns or projects.
Display your carvings……even the first ones. As you refine your skill, your carvings will look better, but keep the early ones, you will look at them and realize your improvements.
Carvings make great gifts !!
I am attaching a picture of my latest carving. It is a jewelry box (purchased from My Chip Carving, by the way). It is a gift for my daughter. It has approximately 2,000 chips and took about 6 weeks to complete however it is my crowning achievement……to date !!
If you like to do other styles of carving, check out what I did with the Classic Jewelry Box for a customer.
Chip carving technique helped a lot when completing the carving. Making all of the stop cuts to outline the objects were done with my chip carving knife. Using some gouges and chisels along with my router helped complete this piece. You can comment below, good, bad or indifferent 🙂