Carving a “Chip Carved” Star

2017-04-19T14:30:40-04:00 April 26th, 2017|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a 'Chip Carved' Star."

This single episode lesson teaches how to carve a geometrical design in the popular style of chip carving, but we are going to use a chisel and a couple gouges instead of a knife. This is another great lesson for learning about grain direction.

  • Lesson Contents: template, tool list, and photo in single episode
  • Type of Wood: Basswood
  • Size: 4" Dia. x 1/4" d
  • Tool List: 6mm v-chisel; #1, 14mm; #3, 14mm
  • Skill Level: Basic
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  1. Bob Wilkinson May 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Is the #1, 14mm beveled on both edges of tool? And if yes, is there a plus or minus to using it in place of or substitute for #1, 14mm flat chisel?

    • Mary May May 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Hello Bob,
      I’m going to copy a recent “tips and tricks” I had in my latest newsletter regarding flat chisels. I prefer single bevel flat chisels for the following reason (you can find a single-bevel, fishtail in Two Cherry brand here,
      “The reason I prefer a single bevel is that it gives me the most flexibility as I carve. I have a choice to either carve with the bevel side up or down, and each technique offers different benefits in a variety of situations. It’s as if this one chisel can be used 2 completely different ways. There are times when using the bevel side down allows me to lift the tool off the wood higher. There are times where I want to make sure a cut is perfectly straight and not wanting the bevel in the way. Letter carving is especially beneficial to use the bevel side against the wood, as cutting with the bevel side up can cause the cuts to dive into the letter too deeply. The bottom line is that having a single-bevel chisel gives me two different tools in one. I often turn the tool back and forth, using bevel up or bevel down as I carve to adjust for different needs.”

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