Chip Carving Workshop


August 25 & 26
10 am-5 pm
Instructor:  Daniel Clay
The workshop will be limited to 6 students


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August 25 & 26
10 am-5 pm
Instructor:  Daniel Clay
The workshop will be limited to 6 students

In this two-day workshop, students will receive comprehensive instruction in the fundamentals of chip carving, a decorative technique in which faceted “chips” are removed from a wooden surface to produce geometric patterns, stylized images, lettering, and ornamentation. Through demonstrations, guided practice, skill-building exercises, and the completion of a decorative wall hanging, students will leave class with all the knowledge, experience and confidence to pursue chip carving on their own. One of the most attractive aspects of chip carving (especially for beginning woodcarvers) is that it can be accomplished at a high level with minimal tools and materials; all you need to become a great chip carver is a sharp knife, some suitable wood and a little practice.

The workshop will cover:

  • How to dress and sharpen a new chip carving knife
  • Proper technique, safe carving habits, and familiarity with chip carving’s basic design vocabulary through the completion of a “practice board”
  • How to navigate grain direction to achieve clean results
  • Increasing facility and confidence through free-form and guided carving exercises
  • Historical and modern examples of chip carving from around the world and discuss design considerations specific to the craft
  • Selecting and preparing wood for chip carving
  • Methods of transferring patterns to wood
  • Techniques for finishing completed carvings
  • Completion of a final project: a decorative wall hanging
  • Students will go home with a selection of patterns for carving on their own

No prior woodworking or carving experience is necessary to take the class, but all are welcome! This class is best suited to those with little or no chip carving experience.

The instructor will provide the wood and other necessary materials for the class. Students must supply their own chip carving knives. If you don’t have a chip carving knife it is strongly recommended that you start with this knife or this two-piece knife set.

About the instructor:
Daniel Clay is a woodworker, designer, and artist based in Knoxville, TN. He is an alumni of The Carpenter’s Boatshop apprenticeship program (’06) where he studied wooden boatbuilding, Appalachian ladder-back chairs, Shaker oval boxes and spoon and bowl carving. This was followed by a two-year stint as a timber framer under Hope For Architecture’s Clay Chapman, and work in custom home cabinetry. He has taught wooden boatbuilding, spoon carving and currently teaches chip carving out of his studio in Knoxville and various locations around the country. In 2016 Daniel started Saturday Box Company, a home decor business dedicated to producing his own designs and custom commissions, with a focus on combing traditional forms and techniques with a contemporary aesthetic.