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Big Book of Whittle Fun: 31 Simple Projects You Can Make with a Knife, Branches & Other Found Wood Paperback – 1 Apr 2012
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More Than A "Whittle" Fun The Big Book of Whittle Fun by Chris Lubkemann is a little "big book" filled with a "wot of whittlin' fun." Small in stature (a great size for taking with you when planning on doing a little whittling) but big in content! This book has over thirty projects and is an inspiration for many more. Games - check Jewelry - check Household items - check fun - check and technique: also check. The first of the book provides tips on knives, sharpening and honing, and modifying the knife if needed. It also talks about the three main whittling strokes used and different types of wood. Some projects do "cheat" a little and use a drill or Dremel-type tool but that's fine with me. Now all i have to do is go outside and find myself a twig or a branch so I can start whittlin' away! Two thumbs up for this book. Maybe we'll have a little whittlin contest at our Get-together in September!
Back in my youth (and I'm surprised that I can remember it) I can recall an old farmer in rural Quebec, sitting on his porch whittling a walking stick while rocking in an old and probably carved rocking chair. It's amazing what can be achieved with a sharp knife. What a great way to relieve the stress of everyday life. Simply pick up a branch from a birch, maple or cherry tree, a sharp knife and whittle away. Lubkemann's "little" book can get you started whittling immediately. There are 31 whittling ideas in the book as well as some basic information. The author suggests what types of wood to select, what type of knife to use and most of all, how to keep the blade sharp. In the author's eclectic collection there is a fully detailed weather vane, a weather station (if the stone is wet, it's raining), a sling shot and a tic tac toe game to name but a few. You don't have to be an expert carver to enjoy whittling, even a novice can get started right away and the author can help. So, pick up your Swiss Army Knife, a stick of wood and throw away those tranquilizers.
About the Author
Chris Lubkemann is the author of Tree Craft, Little Book of Whittling and Whittling Twigs and Branches. He is a regular contributor to Chip Chats and has been featured in Wood Carving Illustrated. He teaches and demonstrates woodcarving at many woodworking shows throughout the country and also at the Amish Farm and House in Lancaster, PA. For more info, visit Chris' website: www.WhittingwithChris.com.
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As an older person I have had experience over the years in a number of hobby and craft activities. I bought this book expecting to find new challenges and a new craft hobby to experiment with. Instead I found it a little too simplistic, all right for a 12 year old boy to amuse himself for an hour or two but not for a grown man. Toy row boats? I don't think so. It was also a little too Americanized for my taste. Baseball bats could I suppose but substituted for cricket bats and stumps, but then why bother making them in the first place? A lot of the items required the use of other tools from the workshop such as chisels, saws and power tools. I thought the whole idea of the pastime was to make things with just a pocket knife.
The rooster, sorry, cockerel, was the most challenging thing in the book, and it is quite hard to make, but the rest of the stuff is very bland and wouldn't tax the most in-experienced practical person for more than a few minutes. Name tags, knitting needles and fridge magnets are not what I call the pinnacle of craft work. I was expecting more tutorials on carving figurines, animals or faces, and maybe instructions on using the other tools found on a Swiss Army Knife, but they were not even mentioned. The only carving in the book was that of an owl and was to be blunt, quite poor - not something I would put on my desk or mantelpiece. It won't put me off whittling as a hobby, but I will be looking for something a little more testing.
Sorry but my copy of the book is already on ebay.
Each project has clear photos of how to complete each stage as well as written captions describing what is happening.
Another book to consider by the same author is (The little book of whittling)
Little Book of Whittling: Passing Time on the Trail, on the Porch, and Under the Stars
My husband carried on whittling after my son had moved on!
Very manageable projects with the satisfaction of producing things that will last. A real pleasure of feeling a natural material of substance
Anyway it's a big book cause it has big projects! I already had a book from Chris Lubkemann (Tree Craft, which BTW is amazing and I made some of the projects and I have the material for a couple more) and this one didn't disappoint me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although the best item is covered in another book this too is a great guide to making fun items with a pocket knife. Well worth it.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not what I was expecting from a Big Book of Whttling but does show you the way to start thinking of the objects you can get out of wood.Published 19 months ago by Huw Matthews