Chip Carving Books & Videos

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JUST RELEASED!!   Joy of Chip Carving ~ Autographed Copy 

This magnum opus by leading chip carving icon Wayne Barton, Joy of Chip Carving details his philosophies and methodologies on line and design. Beyond that, he also covers the fundamentals of tools and materials, sharpening, how to hold knives, and more. With his expert instruction and inspiration based on a lifetime of study, understanding, practice, and achievement, follow step-by-step instructions for laying out, carving, and finishing a candleholder.

Also including his highly sought-after Barton Capitals and Foliated Alphabet templates that have never been published before in their entirety, this is a must-have opus of one of America's artistic chip carving icons. With this book, you'll learn from the best, become inspired from the gallery of Barton's finished work, and continue on your own path in the world of wood chip carving with a wealth of valuable knowledge and expertise.

"The chip carver will find everything he or she needs to experience the joy of chip carving." —Damon Tolhurst, certified chip carving instructor

"Wayne Barton's Joy of Chip Carving exemplifies his masterful carving skill in both definition and illustration." —Michael Keller, sixty-year woodcarving veteran

  • $24.99 US
  • Fox Chapel Publishing; First edition (December 16, 2019)
  • 152 pages

PURCHASE NOW - Ships on 12.16.19!

complete guide to  chip carving

The Complete Guide to Chip Carving

A beginner's guide from the world's most renowned chip carver! Wayne of Chip Carving and Art of Chip Carving, presents what is unquestionably the finest guidance ever for the novice. He has been the driving force behind the craft's resurgence, and his technical knowledge, design skills, and ability to instruct remain unequalled. One by one, with the aid of color photographs, he covers tools and materials, the best woods, holding and sharpening chip carving knives, and laying out and transferring patterns. Borders, grids, rosettes, free-form design, positive image design, and lettering all receive separate, in-depth chapters, as does Barton's special, time-tested hints.

"Barton needs no introduction, he is among the best-known carvers in the world... His skill is astonishing.”..........Library Journal (review of Chip Carving)

  • $17.95 US | $23.95 Canadian
  • Sterling Publishing ISBN: 1-4027-4128-6
  • 144 pages


MBNEPerspective Book

Mangle Boards of Northern Europe

While this new book is probably above what you normally pay for books ($185), I found it a superb and worthwhile addition to my collection of references to European chip carving and its history. Its many photographs are a wonderful study of design ideas. It may be purchased Directly from the Alpine School of Woodcarving / Wayne Barton.

Mangle Boards of Northern Europe is an unprecedented window into the world of mangle boards, wooden implements used from the 16th to 20th centuries for smoothing linen. Handcrafted, they reflect the work of both skilled carvers, trained in the classic styles of their times, and naïve carvers, unschooled in woodcarving and academic visual traditions. The 267 mangle boards in this book were drawn from twenty-four museums and private collections in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. Author Jay Raymond closely studied the boards for their aesthetic characteristics. Through his examination of the mangle boards, he established a set of visual characteristics typical to those of each country. Raymond’s new and invaluable insights are described and illuminated in detail. The large format and the superlative photography permit the beauty and sumptuous nature of the mangle boards to be indelibly impressed upon the reader, who will end the journey with nuanced and keen appreciation for these exquisite works of folk art.


"The book is like a fine art museum, inviting you to go deeper, to look more closely. It feels fresh and ancient, all at once. The layout is just right, showcasing the text as well as the art. I get the sense of traveling back in time, from country to country, with this friendly and erudite curator showing the way.”

"This book is nothing short of exquisite. Wow! I have seen many art books, but this is beyond anything I have ever seen. It is, in itself, a work of art."


Chip Carving DVD / VHS

DVD:  Chip Carving with Wayne Barton

Chip carving is a wonderfully direct and simple way to decorate furniture, cabinets, boxes, plaques, and utensils. Wayne Barton, a master of the Swiss style of chip carving, shows you step by step how you can beautify a number of objects using very few tools. You'll learn about:

  • tools and the basic border cuts
  • decorative designs like gothic rosettes and lace borders
  • roman lettering
  • creating script monograms

Running time 60 minutes. Published by Taunton Press ISBN 978-1-56158-8, # 061035


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