I am taking a course in chip carving this Thursday to Sunday and it’s so great! The teacher is a really skilful person. This summer I went a course named Skureut at Sätergläntan, and that was a more folkloristic course than this is. We are carving more traditional patterns this time even if folklore is all about tradition, of course. In skureut we were carving more as we wanted, even if we started with traditional chip carving there to. Because you always have to learn the basics before you can do more as you want. And every new teacher you meet has something new to learn out. So it’s just so inspiring to meet a new teacher and new people taking the courses. This time I didn’t have to travel somewhere either and my work is paying. So I’m just feeling happy!
Chip carving is used to decorate all kind of woodworks, and the name comes from the process in which you are carving away “chips” from the pieces of wood you work on. In German they use the word Kerbschnitzen and therefore the Swedish word is karvsnitt which is a direct translation, karv is chip or carve and snitt is cut or pattern. In Sweden we have a lot of German loanword because there was many German people working and living here in 1300s-1500s.
First two days I made a lot of chip carving, and it turned out great. I have made many of the patterns before but it’s fun anyhow. I never get bored or tired of this thing. I love carving. Today I started to work with some sculpture carving, I don’t know if that is the correct word for it in English. It was a bit harder, but I like new challenges so it was fun and interesting to do! I will continue tomorrow with the flowers.
One boring thing is that I don’t have so many tools for making sculpture carving at home. Think I have to buy some, but it’s expensive to so… hmm… Maybe Santa can bring me some…
Karvsnitt, bildhuggeri, tälja, trä