Free chip-carving patterns are traced onto a soft wood such as basswood. The chip carver then chips or removes small areas to create carved designs. Using free patterns is especially good practice for beginning chip carvers to learn the craft. Free patterns can be printed from online sites.
Chip carving is a form of wood carving that has been around for centuries. The craft requires very few tools. The carver either traces a pattern or, with more experience, uses free-form designs. Artists then use a knife to make geometric patterns in the wood to create intricate designs. The method is often used in wooden furniture.