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Introduction to Chip Carving: An Artisan Course with Murray Taylor


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Murray Taylor is a highly respected woodcarver working in North Wales. Originally trained in jewelery making and design, he carries both his craftsmanship and design skills to his woodcarving, and undertakes a wide range of commissioins for clients.

Murray teaches chip carving and has devel­oped over the years a clear and inspiring course that enables students to master the findamental skills and techniques, opening up a whole new world of exciting design and creation.

In this comprehensive DVD, Murray Taylor teaches everything you need to get started with chip carving. With a clear and inspiring teaching style, Murray shows how to master the techniques of geometric and freeform carving. This is all supplemented by a wealth of information that will help beginners and more advanced carvers alike.

The DVD also includes a great Introductory Project to get you started.




 * Two free design templates included with DVD

NTSC | English | Stereo | Color | Widescreen | Shot and mastered in HD |  Copyright © 2015 Artisan Media Ltd.  

Total Running Time: 2hr 6min

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  1. This is a much needed DVD teaching the basics of chip carving and is an essential part of any carvers tool kit.

    Posted by Frank Rowlands on 25th Nov 2015

    Having done chip carving for quite some time, I was curious to see the content of this DVD. Murray Taylor has done an excellent job explaining and demonstrating the skills involved in chip carving. Although it is aimed primarily at beginners there is a lot of useful information for the more experienced chip carvers, which I myself have found very useful. It is a step by step guide, easy to follow and understand, to help and encourage anybody who is interested in the skills of chip carving. Everything is covered from selecting wood, drawing lines and patterns, equipment required, sharpening your knives, freeform carving through to finishing a piece of work. The DVD finishes with a project carving two coasters (pattern included) which Murray guides you through to your first finished piece.

    This is a much needed DVD teaching the basics of chip carving and is an essential part of any carvers tool kit.

  2. This DVD is a must for all those who wish to learn the art of chip carving

    Posted by Doug Mudd - Cheshire, UK on 24th Nov 2015

    .........I have been making display tables for the British and European bonsai fraternity since 2004, and have recently realised that some of my designs could benefit from the addition of a carved detail.
    I struggled, for a while, with the techniques and aesthetics until I stumbled upon Murray's DVD. He has a wealth of knowledge both in carving and, most importantly, in sharpening techniques. His concise method of communicating these skills is a joy. After very little time, I was able to carve the details I required with confidence.
    This DVD is a must for all those who wish to learn the art of chip carving. Murray even includes a template to enable the buyer to carve two coasters!
    Brilliant Murray, and thank you very much..............

  3. All in all, I can’t imagine a more comprehensive (or persuasive) introduction to chip carving.

    Posted by Rufus Yells on 15th Nov 2015

    Introduction to Chip Carving by Murray Taylor (Artisan Media, 2015)

    This DVD is another winner from Artisan Media. We may tend to think of wood carving, from high art statuary, through musical instruments and even (not so) humble handles and knobs as being an essentially high relief, three dimensional discipline – but at the other end of the scale is the relatively flat, decorative art of chip carving. Chip carving is no less fascinating and rewarding for all that, and in Murray Taylor, we find an admirable enthusiast and very experienced practitioner of the art. He’s a fine communicator, too.

    As you would expect from a comprehensive DVD on this fascinating subject, Taylor outlines in depth the tools required for the job – refreshingly few, as it happens. While, as with any area of specialism in woodwork, you could presumably build up to dozens of tools, you can clearly concentrate on only two or three specialist knives, a couple of sharpening stones and a strop, in addition to marking out tools you will certainly already have. To emphasis this point, Taylor only uses this very modest selection of tools throughout the DVD to achieve impressive results. A cut is a cut is a cut, in this discipline: he frequently repeats his mantra of a 65 degree angle on each side of the cut. Once you apply the magic angle and understand which end of a cut is deep, which shallow, you’re well on the way to becoming a competent chip carver. Easier said than done; but Murray convinces us that this is indeed possible. And it’s all done in real time on bass wood, with admirably clear camera work.

    Chip carving itself divides into two clear disciplines: geometric pattern work and freeform carving. Whether you separate these two and concentrate on one, or embrace them both as Taylor has clearly done, may be a matter of personality. I’m more of a geometrical man myself: some of the patterns here made me think of tiling in the Alhambra, making me want to reach for compasses and ruler. These patterns are reduced to relatively simple cuts to produce a sequence of chips – in fact, even the most complex design of straight lines and curves can be formed from a sequence of relatively straightforward cuts. While it may take some time to achieve Murray’s speed, confidence and accuracy, there doesn’t seem to be too much to fear here (though just as the viewer’s confidence may move into overdrive, Taylor cuts a laser-straight line without ruler or safety net to remind us that there’s no substitute for experience).

    The second discipline in chip carving is the freeform approach – carving pictures, rather than geometric patterns, into flat panels. The same ideas apply here – depth of cut is dependent on width of cut; provided the ‘magic’ angle of 65 degrees is observed. Flaring in sinuous lines is achievable (with confidence and experience). This is far more dependent on your own confidence, aptitude and desire. As I said: I’m more of a geometrical man; but Murray talks about possible sources for designs if you want to go off piste.

    There’s also a section about finishes once you’ve finished a project – as well as some instruction on your first potential project, and a template included with the DVD. All in all, I can’t imagine a more comprehensive (or persuasive) introduction to chip carving. Top marks.

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