Big Book of Whittle Fun: 31 Simple Projects You Can Make with a Knife, Branches & Other Found Wood

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The whittler extraordinaire, Chris Lubkemann is back, with 31 fun and rewarding new whittle projects in his latest guidebook, Big Book of Whittle Fun. These detailed, photo-illustrated projects are quick and easy to make. Chris offers clear instructions for creating a wide variety of useful and entertaining objects with almost no expense or training, and gives tips and techniques that make whittling accessible and enjoyable for both novices and expereinced carvers.

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Overview

The whittler extraordinaire, Chris Lubkemann is back, with 31 fun and rewarding new whittle projects in his latest guidebook, Big Book of Whittle Fun. These detailed, photo-illustrated projects are quick and easy to make. Chris offers clear instructions for creating a wide variety of useful and entertaining objects with almost no expense or training, and gives tips and techniques that make whittling accessible and enjoyable for both novices and expereinced carvers.

With helpful advice on choosing wood, basic whittling techniques and knife sharpening, you'll be able to make practical projects like recipe holders and whimsical objects like a rooster. Many playful sports and game oriented projects are also included such as tic-tac-toe and a bowling set complete with a lane and pins. You'll find the projects in this book truly make whittling fun.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565235205
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 408,279
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

The child of missionaries, Chris grew up in the forests of Brazil and Peru, and has been carving since age seven. He has published three books with Fox Chapel Publishing and has been a contributor to Chip Chats and Woodcarving Illustrated magazine. His smallest branch rooster was given a Guinness World Record Certificate in 1981. Chris lives in Lancaster, Pa. Visit his website at www.WhittlingWithChris.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Getting Started:

Wood: Good woods for whittling, where to find wood, how to work with wood

Tools: Intro to pocket knives, how to sharpen

Techniques: Basic cuts

Chapter 2: Projects:

In the kitchen

*Hors d'oeuvre Sticks: (Single, pair, log)

*Salt dipper spoons

*Stockade toothpick holder

Games and Pastimes

*Tic-Tac-Toe

*Mini checker set

*Knitting needles

*Crochet hooks

Sports

*Baseball (bat, ball and homeplate)

*Football w/launcher and goal posts

*Ice hockey (stick and puck)

*Golf (clubs, tee, flag, green)

*Bowling (lane and pins)

Misc

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Thumbs Up!

    I think all the projects are unique and I am eager to try them all. I would rate this as 5 stars if it explained how to make the complex projects in better detail. I am 10 years old and this was a good present to get.

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