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Chip Carver's Workbook

By Dennis Moor

Reviewed by Marilyn Osterhouse



About the Author:

Dennis "Pop" Moor and his Son Todd are known as "The Canadian Masters". Together they started Chipping Away, a carving shop in Kitchener, Ontario and have a weekly television series on all areas of woodcarving plus they teach and judge.

Dennis is president of Chipping Away, Inc. The firm publishes books, manufactures woodcarving tools and sharpening machines and are distributors for many other companies. Chipping Away also sponsors an annual International Carver's Conference in September.

What is Chip Carving:

Chip carving has a long history of use as decoration for various wooden household items. Knives are used to remove selected chips of wood in a single piece. Patterns can be free-form or geometric with figures such as triangles, circles, lines and curves.


Contents of Chip Carver's Workbook

Chapter 1: Choosing the Wood

Chapter 2: The Tools

Chapter 3: Sharpening

Chapter 4: How to Hold the Knives

Chapter 5: Three Main Chip Shapes

Chapter 6: Standard-Sized Borders

Chapter 7: Large-Width Borders.

Chapter 8: Curved Borders

Chapter 9: Grids

Chapter 10: Rosettes


Chapter 11: Layout and Design

Chapter 12: Getting the Pattern onto the Wood

Chapter 13: Lettering

Chapter 14: Finishing

Chapter 15: The Projects


All throughout this learning experience there are "Chip Tips" like the exampel here.

Galley: Two pages of unique completed projects.

Sources of Supply.


I found this to be an excellent chip-carving book and very well presented especially for people (any age) wanting to learn this art. It is a great learning book if you already chip carve, giving ideas you may not have thought of before and it could certainly help you teach others.

Mike Bloomquist mentioned in his last review that this next issue would include a review about something he didn't care for and this must be it. (You don't know what you are missing Mike!!)

I hope you all will enjoy this review, as I have never done this before. I just know chip carving is a great hobby.

An interesting note - Last summer I went to Evart, MI to the Wood Carvers Roundup for a one day visit. I looked all over for Dennis Moor and couldn't find him. I was in a few group pictures that were taken there and when I later received the pictures we were both in the pictures. Sorry I never met Dennis or had the opportunity to chat with him.


Marilyn Osterhouse is, among other things, an excellent chip carver.

She says of herself, "I learned to carve way down in southern Texas with my husband about 14 years ago. In 1993 we retired in northern Arkansas where we belonged to a carving club in Mountain Home of around 200 people. We were there for three years when I lost my husband. I stayed for four more years and then moved back to Michigan where my four boys and their families and my parents live. I belong to a small carving club now in Portage, MI and still do a lot of carving at home. I have ten grandchildren and have exposed all of them to carving as well. I also do stained glass (and so do my grandkids), take in sewing and play the organ for my church."