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Chip Carving

The absolute best whittling knives on the market are made by Helvie Knives. These are beautifully designed whittling and wood carving knives made by highly experienced makers who are themselves seasoned whittlers. This technique is basically created with the chip knife.

  • The cut is deepest at the center and becomes shallower until it stops at the tip of the triangle.
  • All are about 6 1/2″ long. Final honing required.
  • A pattern shouldn’t overtake or compete with the basic form.
  • Use the thumb of your non-gouge hand to press on the gouge’s bevel, increasing friction so it doesn’t slip as you cut toward the border.

When, keep your hand above the surface and only your thumb rested. Rotated your hand by using only your thumb as a pivot. This will provide better maneuverability and allow you to perform more accurate chip carving. If you do not currently own a sharpening stone, the King Two Sided Sharpening Stone is an excellent choice. It is delivered in both 1000 grit for angle sharpening and 6000 grit for blade tip sharpening. There are 3 types of knives you can use for chip carving.

Wood Carving Knife, Round Neck, Straight Edge, For Lino Cutting, Hornbeam Handle

It’s a gorgeous peek into a work that is dominated by saturated colors, crisp bevels and handmade work. And shows you how to replicate the deep colors on your pieces that are positively mesmerizing. Return the knife to a position in your hand where the blade faces you. Place the tip of the blade at Point B, 65 degrees.

chip carving

There are many places that sell OCC knives, but my first stop is as they have a wide range of different tools available at great prices.


Although can be found in virtually all cultures, the majority of the carving being done today is influenced by its European heritage. Feel free to use different chip carving tools instead of using only one tool over and over again. Remember that there are three chip carving tools and each has their own particular use. There are several methods that you can use to transfer a design to wood for chip carving successfully. Everyone have their particular way, and probably with time, you might even develop a favorite method. However, some time-tested methods work every time.

Emery cloth sandpaper is another easy to use sharpening tool, especially when performing relief carving. The most popular grits used are 500, 1000, 1,500, and 2,000 – but there are finer and coarser grits available on the market. We recommend 3M Imperial Wetordry Emery cloth with a grit size of 2000 as a cheaper solution to sharpening your knives. This article covers two- and three-corner chips, which comprise the bulk of’s design vocabulary. Once you become familiar with these simplest forms, you’ll begin to recognize them in virtually every chip carving you encounter. “Skureut” is an older, colloquial word for a pattern carved in wooden surfaces.

Of course, the easiest way to transfer a pattern to wood is by gluing it directly on your material using a spray of wood glue. Be careful not to spray too much wood glue as it may later become a problem. A good way to remove the design from your wood when you are finished is to leave it in lukewarm water for a few minutes. This will unbind the wood glue making the pattern come off quickly. It will catch the chips flying all over the place and help you to clean up more easily afterward.

Patterns can be of a free form style or based on simple geometric figures, such as triangles, circles, simple lines and curves. The reasons underlying such ‘rules’ is worthy of greater emphasis than the rules themselves. This is because there are times when ‘rules’ must be broken, and a good understanding of will help you know when.

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