Simple cuts from complex patterns
Synopsis: Chip carving is one of the oldest forms of decorative woodcarving, and it’s also one of the simplest, according to Rick Bütz. He explains how to sharpen a straight-edged knife, a skew-ground knife, and a knife with an offset blade, how to mark out a pattern, and make a traditional triangular chip using three cuts. He shows how and describes the six-cut chip, and how simple designs, when combined, make for an intricate finished look. Extensive photos show a variety of designs and some work from about 1900.
From Fine Woodworking #19
Chip carving is one of the oldest forms of decorative woodcarving and also one of the simplest. A straight-edged knife sharpened to a fine point is all you really need, though a skew-ground knife and a knife with an offset blade are useful. Complicated geometric patterns are formed by arranging dozens of small triangular incisions.