I am a retired Dental Hygienist from Michigan. It doesn’t surprise me that I am drawn to chip carving as there is a certain familiarity with the attention to detail and precise technique. My first attempt at chip carving in January 2021 was a very frustrating experience to say the least. I knew that if I wanted to master this skill , I would have to take a different approach. This is what lead me to becoming a member of this group. My hope is that I develop a good foundation and learn to love the art of chip carving.
Welcome to this forum. I have been mostly a self educated U-tube chip carver and over a few years learned many poor carving techniques and habits. I also recently joined “My Chip Carving” and have taken most courses (some multiple times), viewed many videos and feel I’ve made visible improvements in my technique and understanding of this art. I believe the lessons provided by Marty are absolutely fundamental to develop a consistent and effective Swiss style chip carving technique. So I think you’ve found a good place to begin your journey.