Meet Daniel Clay, A Nashville-Based Woodworker, And Professional Chip Carver

Daniel Clay is a woodworker, designer, and artist living and working in Knoxville. In addition to his full-time woodworking practice, Daniel travels the United States teaching chip carving (one of the oldest carving traditions) – only his second passion outside of woodworking. In his blog space, you will find Daniel sharing his latest work, thoughts on current events in the world of woodworking, and ideas on how you can get involved with ChipCarving as well.

His writing on the subject has been published in Fine Woodworking Magazine and he is currently at work on a book about chip carving for the Nashville-based publisher, Blue Hills Press.

Daniel has also taught workshops on traditional Japanese scroll sawing techniques through the Art Center College of Design’s EAC Program (Experimental Academic Curriculum) which enables students to study abroad with their degree program in Europe or Asia for one semester or academic year at a time before returning home to continue their studies at UCSC or another university here in California.

For chip carving, Daniel is a good teacher. He makes a lot of good tips and suggestions for when to get the wood, or not, from his other specialty shop. And although some parts are hard to learn from watching a video, Daniel does a great job at teaching in general and showing the process of carving and what it takes to finish an image.

We hope you enjoyed the short and sweet profile of Daniel Clay. You can learn more about his work on his website,, or if you happen to be in the Knoxville area, check out his upcoming classes and workshops at”

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