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 no longer involved in the business, he lives near Kingston, Ontario and two children.
Cindy Frank is our General Manager and has been with Chipping Away since 2001. Cindy is also carver and artist and most capable to answer any of your woodcarving questions.
Cindy takes over ownership of Chipping Away Inc.
Wanting to make sure Chipping Away continues to grow, and serve our customers, Dennis gave the company to Cindy in consideration of her dedication and service over the years. Now that doesn’t mean Dennis is ready to retire just yet! He will be around for another few years while he maintains the website, prepares our print advertising and looks after some purchasing duties.
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. Chipping Away is the producer of “Carving Magical Tree Houses” starring Rick Jensen.
Dennis’s “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 Russia, France and Germany.