Chip carving or chip-carving, kerbschnitt in German, is a style of carving in which knives or chisels are used
to remove small chips of wood material from a flat surface in a single piece. This “chipping away style” of
wood carving has a history of use in decorating various wood household objects including furniture, and in
creating highly decorative pieces.
Although the finished chip carved pieces are often intricate, and look complex, it is surprisingly easy to
learn. In the United States it is typically used with pine, basswood, butternut, or mahogany. Chip carving
tools are often used for whittling, cabinetry, or other general workbench functions.
Carver, John Modjewski of Eagle River will teach this class for beginners, although anyone with carving
experience will gain new techniques. Students will work with flat basswood plaques to create a design for
John Modjewski, has been carving for well over 40 years. What began as a hobby has lasted a lifetime,
starting with replicating a favorite crucifix belonging to his mother. John is president of the Northwoods
Carvers, a carving group that meets regularly in Eagle River. John’s love of carving has led to teaching
others and sharing his talents. He has been an instructor at the Rhinelander School of the Arts, teaches
carving workshops hosted by his carving associations and, as an active Boy Scout leader, has taught many
scouts to carve.