About the Artist
I was born, raised and educated in Vienna, Austria. In my teens I was involved in many activities, such as folk dancing, music and boy scouts. In my boy scout days, on my way to our meetings I had to walk past a house where sometimes, in good weather, a man would be sitting close to the window carving. I was fascinated, but at that time I felt no hankering yet to try my hand at it. However, it is quite possible that the seed was sown at that time.
Then of course I became an adult, eventually got married, and in 1957 we immigrated to Canada. In my second year in Canada I became unemployed for a very long time. And at this time a very good friend, who was a painter, asked me if I would perhaps be interested in wood-carving as a hobby, just to kill boredom.
And I gave it a try. My friend provided me with a piece of apple wood. I had my own jack-knife, so I went at it and carved a pipe with a “human face” on the front of the bowl. I got so carried away by my success, that I invested 99 cents in a small set of carving tools and I made some more out of files. In other words, I got hooked.
Then in November of 1989 I finally became interested in chip carving, and a lady in the club that I belonged to showed me for an hour how it was done. She offered me her knife and board to try it, but I declined, telling her that I would make my mistakes at home.
I did, and my present “fame” began with these humble beginnings. My description for chip carving is “Geometry come alive”. The proper description would be “two sided pierced Chip carving on a thin wood”. Now, that would be a mouthful. And let’s face it, when looking at one of those fancier pieces, the title seems to be quite suitable.
By Bert Hirt
Table of Contents
- About the Artist
- What is “Lace Carving”
- Tools for Lace Carving
- Start-up Instruction
- Triangular Patterns
- Diamond Shape Patterns
- Rosette time Design
- A Word of Caution
- The Quilted Lace
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Published by the Ontario Wood Carvers Association
Printed and bound in Canada, 2010