Instructor: Dennis Wilson
This class will introduce students to the craft of chip carving, a type of woodcarving in which a knife is used to incise decorative floral and geometric designs into basswood or butternut. The design is created by the removal of small pieces (“chips”) from the wood.
Chip carving is an ancient traditional craft. Chip carved plates, jewelry and keepsake boxes, trays, breadboards, furniture and other items make wonderful gifts.
Some carving experience is helpful, but not necessary. Chip carving knives will be loaned to students. Students who want to purchase a chip carving knife are referred to either chipcarving.com or mychipcarving.com.
Students should bring a pencil, compass, ruler and T-square. Other materials will be instructor supplied.
Educated in Iowa and Illinois, I had a ten year career teaching English and Drama at international schools in Taiwan, England and Morocco. In 1985 my late wife and I relocated to Chestertown where I taught English at North Warren Central School from 1985 until retirement in 2002. Shortly after retiring from teaching, I attended an Arts and Crafts Fair in Ludlow, Vermont and saw the beautiful chip carvings of Wayne Barton, a teacher at the school. l had always loved carving wood and appreciating its finished beauty. Later I took Wayne’s class, Introductory Chip Carving, and was “hooked!” During subsequent summers, I took several of Wayne’s advanced classes and have since become a chip carving teacher myself. In June, 2016, I taught an introductory chip carving class at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY, and I have taught classes there ever since.
I reside in Chestertown where I am a member of the Friends of the Library. Another organization in which I am active is the Our Town Theatre Group at North Creek’s Tannery Pond Community Center. My carvings are for sale in Chestertown’s Rustic Charm Gallery, in the NorthCountryARTS Gallery in the Glens Falls Shirt Factory, and in the Lower Adirondack Arts Council’s gift shop in Glens Falls.
Registration Deadline: August 17, 2020