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About Harvey Paris and his Jewish Carving

Utilizing only a hand held knife, Paris carves pictures that tell stories on wooden canvases that resonate with the Jewish soul. Whether as embellishments on ceremonial items (tzedakah boxes, challah boards, etc) or as pieces of art on their own, these carvings tell the eternal stories of the Jewish people in a modern expression.

Please follow this link to learn more about Jewish chip carving and Harvey Paris, the artist.


Paris has always donated a minimum of 25% of all proceeds to Jewish Family Service. To date, he has donated over $6,000 to support vital community services.

Revelation at Mount Sinai

This carving pushes my “modern phase” even further. Except for the border, which utilizes traditional chip carving technique, most of the remaining cuts (mountain, sky and tent coverings) were carved utilizing non-traditional techniques which I believe created interesting textures and cuts that I have not seen before in chip carvings.

First, I held the knife at a completely different angle. Traditionally, the knife is held at 65 degrees to the wood. I made many cuts with the knife held as close to parallel to the wood as possible.

Second, as my teacher Wayne Barton likes to say “clean cuts are the hallmark of good carving”. I purposely left wood in many of my cuts to create a different effect.

Lastly, instead of uniform staining, I spot stained to create areas of light and dark better reflecting the mood of the carving.
It was both interesting and difficult to carve and finish this piece. Hope you enjoy it! 

Memorial/Honorial Plaques

Since seeing Jewish Paper Cuts honoring the deceased, I wanted to create a Memorial/Honorial carving.  My first attempt is In Honor or In Memory of King Solomon.

“We stand before the Gates of Wisdom. The Doors of Justice are beginning to open. The presence of God, the Judge is revealed to us”. This is the center image of “The Wisdom of King Solomon”, a two foot by two foot carving completed in 2014.

Memorial/Honorial Carvings can be custom carved abd priced according to size and complexity. Each carving will be a unique representation of the person being honored or remembered.

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Solomon


Paris has always donated a minimum of 25% of all proceeds to Jewish Family Service. To date, he has donated over $6,000 to support vital community services.

Carving for a Cause - Newtown and Mental Health

Harvey removed 26 chips of wood from the inside of a plate and reinserted them onto the outside to create Newtown 26, 2012.  This carving raised over $2500 for mental health services in Connecticut.

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A Torah was recently donated to Wake Forest University by the Brenner family. Harvey was commissioned to carve the Aron and Bimah.

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Examples of Harvey's Work

Challah Board
Mezuzah-Shema
Box
Plaque
Challah Board
Mezuzah-Shema
Ten Commandments Mizrach
Shalom Plaque with Olives
Peace and Promise Grouping
Remembrance-Six Pieces.