Chipping Away is dedicated to the growth and development of woodcarving and wood art.
Our Humble Beginning
Chipping Away began operation in 1992 when Pop (Dennis Moor) took an early retirement and decided to keep a few cans of beans in the cupboard by means of selling his carvings. He soon found himself being asked to teach chip carving as well as present seminars at some of the local wood shows. Rogers Public Television asked him to do a television series of 45 individual shows in which he appeared as Host. The show was appropriately named ‘Chipping Away with Dennis Moor’. As his popularity grew, Pop began to travel across Canada and the US to exhibit and teach at shows and competitions. Todd (Dennis’ son) could see the fun Pop was having and became involved in the business immediately after graduating and receiving university diplomas in both Science and Education. Chipping Away blossomed and this Father & Son Team became loved across North America.
Todd is not directly involved in the business any longer. He lives near Kingston, Ontario and is a dedicated Poppa to his two children.
We manufacture and research new and innovative products.
Listening to the needs and suggestions of their students, the Moor’s designed their own carving knives and found a manufacturer in western New York State. In addition to their knives, Chipping Away manufactures the Ultimate Sharpening Machine, Ultimate Power Honer, Leather Strops and Belts, and Ceramic Sharpening Stones. Chipping Away is always receptive to new ideas and suggestions and actively pursues new products for the wood art hobbyist.
We author and publish books and videos too!
Dennis and Todd wrote and designed their own chip carving instruction and pattern books in the 90’s. We now have 6 chip carving titles as well as a book of Classic Carving/Wood Burning patterns and Caricature Carving under various artists names.
Dennis’s newest book “Chip Carver’s Workbook” is published by Fox Chapel and considered to be the best of its kind on the market. This workbook is also published in both Russia and France.
Chipping Away produces a four volume series of chip carving videos available in DVD format. Chipping Away is the producer of “Carving Magical Tree Houses” starring Rick Jensen.