Welcome! I am pretty much in the same boat as you and your wife. I ‘ve been a sculptor of wood, marble and limited edition bronzes since 1974. But I never tried Chip Carving!!! It’s quite a challenge and loads of fun! I just started chip carving in March of this year so I too am still learning the ropes. Marty’s courses and videos are fantastic to study!! I have to refer to them almost every time I start a project. Enjoy carving and welcome to our MyChipCarving friends!!!