Chip Carving Tips and Techniques
Chip carving can be great skill to have for both beginnings and seasoned carvers. Chip carvings can be achieved with very few tools and a fairly simple technique. Chip carving is perfect for creating patterns and beautiful decorative designs on objects.
The Precision Pen Knife and the Woodcarving Knife are great tools to start with. Chip carving is all in the way you hold your knife to create a pattern. For instance, the woodcarving knife can be held in two different positions depending on what direction you are carving. The first is with the blade at about a 65 degree angle to the wood and a firm grip on the handle while using your thumb for leverage and stability. Create cuts in the wood by pulling or carving towards you, much like in the way you would peel a potato except instead of pulling from your hand towards your thumb to create the cut, keep your grib steady and pull from your shoulder. The second way is when you have the blade facing away from your thumb and you are creating a cut going the other direction. The Precision Pen Knife comes in handy when you need to make more of a stabbing cutting pattern.
You create patterns by making "chips" out of the wood. There are generally three- and two-sided chip techniques, with a three-sided chip being the most common. You can create some really dynamic borders and patterns with basic chip carving techniques. It's good to practice and perfect this woodcarving skill. Once you have the basics down, you can expand and explore more advanced patterns into your woodcarving projects.