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Little Book of Whittling, The: Passing Time on the trail, on the Porch, and Under the Stars (Woodcarving Illustrated Books) Paperback – January 1, 2013
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"[A] plot to get us all into the outdoors...enjoying ourselves while building skills! --"Tactical Knives Magazine"
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Relax the old fashioned way Whether on your front porch-or in the back woods-the Little Book of Whittling will help you learn to how to create fun and useful objects with nothing more than a pocket knife and a twig. Author Chris Lubkemann will help you "whittle away the hours" with clear guidance on becoming an expert whittler. Inside, you'll find easy-to-follow instruction on: - Tools and Materials: including what wood is best to carve - How to Start: including choosing and sharpening the best knife - Projects: including knives, forks and spoons; birds and animals; trees and flowers; whistles and walking sticks; and much more Lubkemann brings nearly 40 years' whittling experience, and shares his knowledge in a friendly, down-home style. Whether you're a beginner looking for an easy way to get started in the most basic form of woodcarving, or an advanced carver looking for a relaxing way to spend your free time, the Little Book of Whittling will give you the how-to instruction you need to become an accomplished whittler.
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This is the first of two great books I have found for learning to whittle; the other is Whittlin' Whistles by Rick Wiebe. Both of these books are filled with illustrations and detail of technique for maintaining your pocketknife to whittle as well as be successful in the projects. On-line one can find instructions for whittling a whistle, a ball in cage, and other items, but a well-illustrated book is more effective. Another booklet I have found is Whittling for Beginners by Salty; this is available only from select Woodcarving stores.
Lubkemann's book is a great resource for not only teaching the skill of whittling, but also it offers snippets of outdoorsman and woodlore knowledge covering a very broad range of topics - reminiscent of the Boy Scout Handbook or Field Book of years ago.
Ten of his 90 pages cover topics of pocket knife selection (he prefers the versatility of the Swiss Army Tinker), sharpening, and whittling cutting techniques. Lubkemann's projects are drawn from art and utility from the out-of-doors, covering spoon, fork, spreader, carved figures, walking stick, sling-shot, whistle, and more. His raw material is the fallen branches found almost everywhere except for the densest urban setting.
I like that the book has plenty of full color illustrations. Like most 13 year old boys, my son would rather quickly delve into the "action" of doing these projects. The illustrations alllowed him to do this because there wasn't a plethora of reading material to work his way through before beginning the fun stuff.
It has great illustrations and project instructions.
As a beginner this is exactly what I was looking for.
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