One afternoon, roughly 30 years back, I found a magazine article at a news stand. I believe it was a Popular Mechanics “Woodworking Issue”. It had a segment about a type of carving called Chip Carving, or Kerbschnitzen, as it is known in Switzerland and Germany. The article described the technique, the required tools, and included drawings and photographs of beautiful, geometrical patterns. I was hooked. I discovered Wayne Barton’s book Chip Carving /Techniques & Patterns. Bought some knives and basswood and was off to the races. For a couple years I learned, practiced, and enjoyed.
In 1993 I had a new job opportunity that required relocation, challenging responsibilities, and a lot of travel. So, I left my home town, my workshop, and put my carving interests on hold.
After retirement with my time now being my own, I returned to one of my favorite woodworking pastimes. Fortunately, this time I found https://mychipcarving.com/ and learned a great deal from Marty Leenhouts. I continue to learn and have never been happier.