Chip Carving


***All in person course registration is limited to maintain proper social distancing. All participants will be required to follow Appalachian State's "Return to Campus" protocols which includes always wearing a mask while indoors. In the event that Appalachian State University classes move fully online, all in person Craft Enrichment courses will be cancelled and participants will be provided a prorated refund. 

Chip Carving, or kerbschnitzen in German, is a type of decorative wood carving that has been used for centuries around the globe.  It is a different type of wood carving in that it is applied to an existing wooden object and is not used to create the object.  Small chips (not shaving or whittling) of exact shape and dimension are excised from the wood to create interesting decorative patterns that are used to enhance the appearance of the object being carved.  These simple chips can be combined to create very simple or elaborate designs. These patterns were used by peasants to decorate their furniture, plates, and other household items making them more attractive.  It involves the use of one carving knife and one embellishing knife to excise the small chips of wood that combine to create intricate geometric patterns.  The beauty of this type of carving is that you do not need a large number of tools, just the two knives and 2 sharpening stones.

This course is an introductory course so no wood carving experience is required.  The tools needed will be provided during the course so you can try them out without a commitment on purchasing the tools required.  We will start by learning different chip carving techniques using practice boards.

Due to the close proximity required for teaching one on one, masks will be required during class time.  The class size will be limited to 6 students for this term.


The materials cost for 4 practice boards and the napkin holder project blank will be an additional $30 per person. Participants will buy these items from the instructor. 

Students should bring a small desk top lamp to each class.


730 Rivers Street

Room 329 Edwin Duncan Hall

After 5:00 parking is free in the open lots. Turn into the Peacock Lot and turn right toward the Appal Cart Bus station and Octagon Building (park in the surface lot, under the Octagon is restricted). Enter under the Octagon and take the stairs to the top floor.  Go through double doors and look for room 329. 

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Note: No Class on March 8. The university is on spring break.

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Chip Carving
Chip Carving
Chip Carving
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 to Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 pm
Delivery Method: 
In Person
Edwin Duncan 329

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 2 days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this session we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Kyndall Bennett at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Kyndall Bennett at 828-262-2744 or email

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

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