There are many techniques and ways to carve wood. One of the most basic methods, which is great for beginners, is chip carving. Chip carving is a very old craft found throughout history in many cultures and was believed to have started in China. It eventually spread through various wars and invasions into Europe and into Switzerland. Early in history, it was a carving technique used to add ornate decoration to buildings and churches. It eventually became a popular folk art. This is an art-form that almost anyone can practice. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European traditions. Chip carving just requires patience and a strong, steady hand. It consists of a set of triangular or curved cuts laid out in regular, geometric patterns, but can also be more free form, as in lettering or images.
An exceptionally sharp knife is key to safety and ease of carving. You will learn about the care of the knife. You will also learn how to draw a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and develop a “feel” for the wood. You will also learn how to deal with mistakes, short of adding fuel to your wood stove or fireplace. You will leave with some new skills, some new friends and, hopefully, a beautifully carved coaster.
Our Location: Marine Elementary School, 550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
NOTE: Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for materials with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!
General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!