By Lora Irish

Chip carving, sometimes called spoon carving or “Kerbschnitt,” is the suitable advent to woodcarving for newbies. this straightforward conventional carving approach makes use of quite a few uncomplicated knives to take away chosen chips of wooden in small triangles, squares, and free-form curves, generating amazingly complicated and gentle effects. Nationally identified woodcarving artist and writer Lora S. Irish exhibits you the way to start during this venerable craft.

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I had the advantage of being in this brand new medium that fascinated people. I could have read the phone book and they would have watched, but I think a good part of what kept them with me over the years was that I was enthusiastic about what I was doing. I wanted to share whatever it was with them. Qyality mattered, and my staff used to tease me because I kept insisting that neatness counts, no matter how simple and basic a project might be. This carried over into the guests we presented as well.

VH: Was there a defining moment when you thought, "Hey, I can make a career out of my passion"? ER: Probably when I started getting press. It was nice that somebody wanted to write about my work. Right away, the New York Times wrote about my book, and I thought it was cool that they considered it to be worth a story. Then, we were on Martha Stewart, which was a nice pat on the back, and it was interesting to watch Martha Stewart make a skull T-shirt-kind of crazy. VH: Did she choose that? She didn't go for one of your nature ones?

I love that, because I never would have thought of it, you know? VH: What is the biggest challenge you've faced trying to make a living through your craft? ER: I guess, because I have the designer brain, learning the notfun stuff, as I call it, is a challenge-billing people and learning business formulas. Now I have a distributor, a manufacturer, and a shipping place. It's challenging to put all the pieces together, and I have to realize that a lot of it is trial and error. I do all this myself, so when I try something that doesn't work, I kill it and try another thing.

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