Introductory Chip Carving (CSW 131)


Length: Sat/Sun 9am-4pm
Price: $250  plus tools and materials
Prerequisite: None

Beginning Classes will be offered the following weekends:

Postponed due to COVID

Intermediate/Advanced classes will be offered the following weekends –


Saturday and Sunday,  9:00am – 4:00pm,

Guest instructor, Wayne Barton, joins the Chicago School of Woodworking to bring us this special opportunity.  The essence of chip carving is simplicity and versatility.  It is a decorative style of carving quickly and is easily learned.  Simple in tool use and execution; versatile in design possibilities, application, and beauty; its name is derived from the carving process rather than the end product as in character carving or bird carving.  In chip carving, precise cuts are incised into the wood forming chips of various geometric shape, size, and proportion.

Wayne Barton is the preeminent American Chip Carver.  Considered a master, he has won both national and international awards and recognition for his work.  He has appeared on The American Woodshop with Scott Phillips and The Woodwright Shop with Roy Underhill.

For “out-of-town” students, we recommend any hotel near O’Hare airport/Rosemont. Or the one in the neighborhood:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago North Shore – Niles, an IHG Hotel

7247 N Waukegan Rd, Niles, IL 60714•(847) 588-1900

From Wayne Barton:

I’m delighted you will be joining us in our up-coming beginning chip carving class. Bring any chip carving knives and sharpening stones you may have along with a small tee square with both metric and imperial increments, a bow compass and a mechanical .05 pencil preferably with a B grade lead.

If you have none of the above, don’t like to scurry,
Not to fret, not to worry.
There’s lots of time, we’re not in a hurry.
For you I will bring all of the above and more,
You won’t have to go out shopping at the store.
I will even bring all of the wood,
I’ll have everything you know you should.
If you have questions, give me a call,
I have the answers, I know it all!

Students will be required to purchase tools and materials provided by Wayne Barton or acquire them prior to the class. Prices can be found on his website

  • Bring a notebook, and pencil.
  • There will be a one hour break for lunch. You can bring a lunch, or eat out.