Basic Chip Carving
by Pam Gresham

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 0-88740-498-7

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Extract from back cover of book:

A method of study that will allow the beginner to learn the fundamentals of chip carving, and help the more advanced carver to hone their skills. The ordered exercises will build your skill and knowledge of chip carving, beginning with the most basic cuts and following through to the most difficult.

This book studies in depth the fundamental techniques of chip carving. It progresses from the easiest to the hardest cuts. It includes designs and projects after each exercise, helping to keep the reader enthusiastic throughout the learning process.

This is a book that really gets down to the basics. People want to know exactly how to execute each cut and they need a reference book to turn to when they are having difficulty with a certain type of cut. This is that book!

Pam Gresham has been a professional chip carver for many years, carving over two thousand large and small pieces a year. She has won the National Woodcarvers Showcase, Professional Chip Carving category for the past three years. She lives with her husband and son in Branson, Missouri.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Selecting and Preparing the Wood
Selecting the Wood
Preparing the Wood
Drawing Tools
Carving Tools
Sharpening the Knife
Sharpening with Ceramic Stones
Sharpening with an Electric Grinder
Sharpening the Stab Knife

Excercise One - Carving a Single Triangle

Excercise Two

Exercise Three
Designs and Application
- Design One
- Design Two
- Design Three
- Design Four
- Design Five

Exercise Four
- Single and Adjacent Curved Triangles
- Variation Two
- Variation Three
- Variation Four
- Variation Five
- Variation Six

Exercise Five
- The Oval

Exercise Six
- Single Straight Lines

Exercise Seven
- Curved Single Lines

Basic Design Concepts
- Finding Center
- Tracing the Designs
- Drawing a Six-Sided Rosette
- Six-Sided Rosette with Diamonds
- Drawing Borders
- Patterns

Carving a Pattern
Gallery of Designs