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Chanukah Menora
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I designed the Chanukah menorah for my Jewish friends. The menorah is a good choice because of its clean lines. One of the two patterns has the shalom in Hebrew letters, the other uses the anglicized spelling.

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Eight–Pointed Star
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The eight-pointed star has an unusual geometric pattern in its center. Although the chips are small, a sharp knife and fine lines make this one easier to carve than it appears.
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The dreidel, used during the Chanukah Festival, is a four-sided toy that spins like a top. Each side has a Hebrew letter. The pattern for my flat dreidel uses geometric designs and the four letters. [b1]Celtic Cross

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My interpretation of the celtic cross is that the spirit of Christ radiates from the ends. The blue color is popular with my customers. To prepare the wood for coloring, I first sand it with 400-grit paper. I then seal it with a spray lacquer. The last step is spraying the sealed surface with Krylon® paint. I do wait at least four days for the paint to cure before I apply the pattern with a rubber cement and cut through the cemented paper. After carving and shaping, the pattern is removed and the cement easily rubs off.


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This eight-pointed star has a spiraling pattern–a classical design–in its center.
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The snowflake is a pleasing design for the holiday season and a simple one for a chip carver.

Star of Bethlehem
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[b1]Four small stars surround the Star of Bethlehem.

The Cross
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[b1]The cross stands out in low relief in the star.

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The Christmas tree and the red color make this a holiday winner. Note that the branches of the tree are cut using two-sided chips.
Roger Nancoz is a full-time chip carver and instructor. He lives in North Babylon, New York. Roger Schroeder is Managing Editor at Wood Carving Illustrated. Photography by Roger Schroeder


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