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Chip carving is a technique used to decorate wooden surfaces of all kinds.

For this project, you will embellish a 9 1/2" × 11 1/2" basswood picture frame with a series of “chips” carved into triangles, squares and rectangles. The resultant cavities will create shadows to bring out the design.

Before carving the project, you will practice making a variety of cuts and patterns using each of three chip carving knives on two 12" × 4" basswood practice boards. You will draw a simple grid template with a pencil and a ruler to guide your cuts. Since there are endless ways to combine these basic shapes, you can use your imagination to create your own unique pattern and design.

As you learn how to use each knife safely, you will eventually find your rhythm and discover the calming nature of this carving technique. You will also learn how to care for the knives and keep them sharp, as well as how to finish your wooden frame with Walrus Oil furniture finish.

The picture frame project can take you as long as you need, but you can expect to spend at least 3 hours to practice and 2 hours to chip carve the frame. It is suitable for skill levels from beginner to intermediate, aged 14 years and up.

This well-thought-out project kit includes everything you need to make it yourself, including the hand tools.

Components of the kit are listed under the Specifications tab.

You will also have access to the step-by-step video and a downloadable copy of the written instructions.


Contents of the Chip Carving a Picture Frame Kit

Chip carving knives (3)

Basswood frame, 9 1/2” × 11 1/2”

Plexiglas, 5” × 7”

Basswood practice boards (2), 12" × 4" × 1/2"

PushMate tool and glazier’s points

Sawtooth hanger

Brass screws (2)

Sandpaper (180x, 220x and 320x)


Walrus Oil furniture finish

Leather strop

Veritas honing compound

Cotton rag

Vinyl gloves

High-friction guard tape

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