A different kind of chip.

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This is a wall plaque that I made while trying out a different kind of chip for carving chip. The circle was made with this new kind of chip. The chip was made with two stab cuts and the third was the 65 degree cut, I then made that same type chip inside the first chip. The plaque is 5 1/2” X 7” and is made of basswood with a clear coat lacquer finish on it. The star idea came from a crystal Christmas ornament. Basically I chip carved the facets of the crystal. Let me know how well you like that different type of chip compared to the other standard type chips.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 08-26-2007 02:29 PM

Nice work Roger!

Very precise looking work that must have taken a lot of time.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 08-26-2007 02:32 PM

Yes, plenty of time but how I look at it is that it keeps me out of trouble. LOL!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 08-26-2007 02:44 PM

Roger, I’m not a wood carver, but that is probably some of the best chip carving I’ve ever seen. Carving wood is somethng I’ve never perfected. I get pretty frustrated with it. I did get several books I’ve been looking at. Maybe someday.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-26-2007 03:02 PM


Are you TRYING to out do yourself, or is that just working out that way?

In a word: FANTASTIC !!

I’m referring to both the chip, and the plaque.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 08-26-2007 03:11 PM

Roger The carving is fantastic. I do like the chip within a chip. The layout is great also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-26-2007 03:25 PM

Lee, I think I have the chip carving part down pat but I still need to work on my designs which is harder than carving it. I’m glad to see that I might be headed it the right direction with my designs. Thanks Lee, Karson and Thos.!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#7 posted 08-26-2007 03:44 PM

Don’t do much carving myself Roger, but just wanted to tip my hat on this one … that’s an impressive piece!

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#8 posted 08-26-2007 04:16 PM


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 08-26-2007 09:43 PM

Very nice, do you have any suggestions for a book or DVD on chip carving, I saw a DVD in the FWW store.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#10 posted 08-26-2007 11:14 PM


I’ve just spent the last five minutes staring at your work, I am amazed at the precision of your work.

Is your inspiration one of their Annual Christmas Stars?


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#11 posted 08-27-2007 12:59 AM

Roger Strautman:
.......................You are an artist…....................

Not many left today because of the dedication it takes to see a project through to a finish using one’s best skills.

This is, at least for me, what makes the wood medium so extremely fascinating and humbling.

Thanks for sharing.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 08-27-2007 01:17 AM

What a great job. I’m going to try it tonight. I’m sure not with the great results you had but I do like chip carving. You must have lots more patience than I do.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#13 posted 08-27-2007 01:20 AM

Roger is definitely an artist!! Very skilled and very creative.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 08-27-2007 01:54 AM

Beautiful Roger. Stunning piece…I like the chip.

-- Bob

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#15 posted 08-27-2007 02:18 AM

OK, enough of this rubbish about being an artist. I just get lucky every once in awhile. I like to think of myself as a want-a-be. I want to be one of the best chip carvers out there but I still need alot of practice with the design part. I’m glad that this design seemed to be an eye catcher for everyone.

James, a good book to get for chip carving is the Chip Carver’s Workbook by Dennis Moor and for a DVD Wayne Barton has a really good one out.

Tony, I received the Christmas star crystal as a gift and I thought it would be a neat chip carving which I did try out first. I then wanted to use it on something so the small shield was the ticket. I also wanted to try out the new type of chip so what better than a shinning star.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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