Through demonstrations, guided practice, skill-building exercises, and the completion of a decorative wall hanging, students will leave class with all the knowledge, experience and confidence to pursue chip carving on their own. Each session with start at 10am and end at 3pm with a break for lunch in the middle.
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Sharpening chip carving knives
Proper technique, safety, and familiarity with chip carving’s basic design vocabulary through the completion of a “practice board”
Understanding wood grain
Free-form carving exercises
We’ll look at historical and modern examples of chip carving from around the world and discuss design considerations specific to the craft
Selecting and preparing wood
Methods for transferring patterns
Completion of a final project: a decorative wall hanging
Students will go home with a selection of patterns for carving on their own
No prior woodworking or carving experience is necessary to take the class, but all are welcome! This class is best suited to those with little or no chip carving experience.
The instructor will provide the wood and all necessary materials for the class. Students are encouraged to purchase their own chip carving knives, and it isstrongly recommendedthat you start withthis knife, or thistwo piece knife set. Otherwise they may use one of the instructor’s knives for the duration of the workshop.
About the instructor:
Daniel Clay is a woodworker, designer and artist based in Knoxville, TN. He is an alumni ofThe Carpenter’s Boatshopapprenticeship program (’06) where he studied wooden boatbuilding, Shaker oval boxes, Appalachian ladder-back chairs and spoon and bowl carving. This was followed by a two-year stint as an apprentice timber framer underHope For Architecture’s Clay Chapman. In 2016 Daniel startedSaturday Box Company, a home decor business dedicated to producing his own functional and decorative designs, custom woodworking and exploring contemporary expressions of traditional forms and woodworking techniques.