Chip carving decorating style has been popular in many countries throughout history and it can be considered one of the traditional styles of folk art. This style of woodcarving was most often used to decorate rustic furniture and various wooden objects or tools used in the countryside. The reason for this is that this style of woodcarving does not require great artistic talent and many years of practice, and it is much faster than, for example, carving a bas-relief; it’s understandable, then, that items decorated with chip carving style are cheaper and more accessible to a large number of people.
Chip carving patterns like these can be designed very quickly. It is only necessary to draw the contour (outline) of an animal, define various characteristic areas (head, wing, tail…) within the contour, and then decorate each area with a chip carving pattern that represents the area it decorates as closely as possible. Have a look at what our patterns look like and everything will be clear to you. If you like this process, you need to buy a set of knives and chisels, search the internet for tutorials about this style of woodcarving, find an adequate piece of wood, transfer the pattern to it, and there you go – now you can start mastering the chip carving technique!