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This course will introduce students to Chip Carving, a craft in which a knife is used to incise designs created by the removal of small pieces, called chips, from the wood. Chip carved plates, jewelry and keepsake boxes, trays, breadboards, furniture and others make wonderful personal items and gifts. Some carving experience is helpful but not necessary. Chip carving knives will be loaned to you, although students may prepurchase knives from these makers: mychipcarving.com, chipcarving.com, flexcut.com.
Students will receive a 12-inch basswood practice board with typical chip carving designs already applied. Students will also receive 2-3 blank practice boards and a 4-inch basswood disk with pattern applied. Extra practice boards and disks will be available for a small fee. After developing chip carving skills, students will be able to go home with a carved disk which can be used as either a coaster or an ornament.
Dennis is a retired high school/college English teacher, having taught in the U.S, Taiwan, England and Morocco. Currently resident in Chestertown, NY, the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, Dennis visited the Arts and Crafts fair at Fletcher Farms in 2005 where he saw the wonderfully intricate chip carvings of instructor Wayne Barton. Always interested in wood carving, Dennis was hooked, took Wayne’s class the next year, and has been chip carving ever since.
In recent years, Dennis has been awarded two grants from the New York State Council on the Arts. One grant was for his work chip carving Adirondack wildflower designs on boards decorating the exterior of the NorthCountryArts gallery in Chestertown. The second was for his chip carving of characters from children’s books on long boards which greet the people entering and exiting the children’s room of the Chestertown public library. Dennis’s carvings have been shown and sold at galleries and gift shops in Glens Falls, NY, Chestertown, NY, Lake Luzerne, NY and North Creek, NY.
Dennis teaches both introductory and advanced Chip Carving at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY, and is much looking forward to teaching at Fletcher Farms, the school where he himself learned to chip carve.