Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

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Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

Chanukah Menora  

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

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.

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

Eight-Pointed Star 

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. 

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

The Dreidel 

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.

Celtic Cross 

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 and 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. 

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

Eight-Pointed Star 

This eight-pointed star has a spiraling pattern a classical design in its center. 

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

The Snowflake 

The snowflake is a pleasing design for the holiday season and a simple one for a chip carver. 

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

Star of Bethlehem

Four small stars surround the Star of Bethlehem.

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

The  Cross 

The cross stands  out in low relief in the star. 

Holiday Patterns for Chip Carvers

The Christmas Tree

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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