Chip Carving – Getting Started
Chip carving is a style of woodcarving in which knives are used to remove selected “chips” of wood in a single piece. In theory, chip carvings have just two levels, or planes: the wood surface and the point beneath the surface where the cuts meet. Patterns can be free-form style or geometrically based with figures, such as triangles, circles, simple lines, and curves.
Pop’s Simple Approach
Pop has a simple approach to understanding chip carving. He offers the advantages of minimizing both the number of tools and rules the student needs to learn. In fact, he has found the reasons underlying such “rules” are worthy of greater emphasis than the rules themselves. There are times when the rules must be broken, and a good understanding of chip carving will help you know when break them. His book (Chip Carver’s Workbook) goes into great detail and has something for all levels of chip carvers.