Step 1: Materials Needed
•Chip Carving Knives
*If you're just starting out and need a recommendation, then I highly suggest Flexcut's Chip Carving set. You can pick it up at Amazon for around $40 and it includes the sharpening compound, and three knives all used for chip carving.
*I buy my basswood at a Woodcraft store near me but you can also find it at Michaels.
Step 2: Holding the Knife
The second position is simply facing the blade away from you and pushing the tip of your blade into the wood with your thumb on the back of the knife.
Before carving it's important to sharpen your knife. There are videos all over YouTube which can help you out.
Step 3: Measuring It Out and Start Carving
Chip Carving the first basic pattern:
Put the tip of you blade into the first intersection of lines and press down coming towards you. You want to make sure that the blade of the knife is going in at about a 45° angle into the wood. There's no need to move the blade forcibly. Just push down towards the bottom left corner of the square.
Step 4: Continuing on the Pattern
Again, at 45° angle into the wood itself, push down towards the opposite corner of the block next to the one you just carving into.
Step 5: Removing the Chip
This will hopefully remove your chip.
Step 6: And Repeat..
Repeat this process all the way down you row of 4mm measured squares. Makes sure to skip a square when starting the next one because the base of each triangle takes up two square widths.
Step 7: Now for Some Decoration
Just switch from first position to second position.
•From the middle of the side of the triangle, cut inwards at an angle towards the intersection of lines.
•Then go to second position and push into the wood removing a small thin chip.
Repeat this on all four sides of every square and the result will amaze you!
Step 8: All Finished!
If you're interested in learning some more, then go watch this video below! I think it's great and its one that was very helpful to me when I started out. Thanks for stopping by!