Introduction to Chip Carving



Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


Shawn Sersland


Chip carving is one of the oldest styles of wood carving and has been used to decorate objects in Scandinavia and many other cultures across the world for centuries. This decorative style of woodcarving is done by cutting out chips of wood from a flat surface to form beautiful and elaborate designs. During this class, we will cover how to hold the knife, techniques and tips on making the cuts, knife sharpening, and how to draw various patterns. While the focus of the class will be learning the techniques, blanks for ornaments and small boxes will be available for students to do as projects if they choose.


Level of Instruction:



  • Chip carving knife
  • Pre-sharpened and ready to carve stab knife (optional) 
  • Sharpening stones 
  • Ruler and/or T-square 
  • Compass 
  • Pencil
  • Eraser 
  • The Complete Guide to Chip Carving by Wayne Barton (optional but highly recommended)

The instructor will provide two practice boards per student, one sample pattern, and transfer paper. $5-10 is payable to the instructor in cash or check. 

Enrollment Deadline: 

September 9, 2022

Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at or call 563-382-9681.


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