I designed the Chanukah menorah for my Jewish
friends. The menorah is a good choice because of its clean lines. One
shalom in Hebrew letters, the other uses the anglicized spelling.
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.
dreidel, used during the Chanukah Festival, is a four-sided toy that
spins like a top. Each
a Hebrew letter.
The pattern for my flat dreidel uses geometric designs and the four letters.
My interpretation of
the celtic cross is that the spirit of Christ radiates from the ends. The
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.
This eight-pointed star
has a spiraling pattern–a
is a pleasing design for the holiday season and a simple one for a
Star of Bethlehem[b1]
small stars surround the Star of Bethlehem.
[b1]The cross stands
out in low relief in the star.
The Christmas Tree [b1]
tree and the red
color make this a holiday
winner. Note that the branches of the tree are cut using
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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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