Basswood is the preferred carving wood in this part of the country although butternut is also poplar although getting very rare.
Chip carving is an old folk art style of carving, to put ornaments on to common objects. The piece I just finished will become the carved top of an art box of some type. I don't have a plan yet.
The great thing about chip carving is it takes one tool, a chip carving knife. I drew my own design last evening and then cut out the chips. Spray varnish was created for chip carvers.
|a Moor small Chip Carving Knife.|
I am spending time carving again because I foresee a time without large shop machines. Carving will keep me playing with wood, and improving my skills without big machines with there mess and noise.
Give it a try.