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Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Learn how to sharpen a knife for safe, easy whittling   A sharp knife is a safe knife. That might not seem logical, but it’s true. You will have much greater control over a sharp knife, and be able to push it much more gently through the wood, than you […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Learn how to shape your knife’s blade for whittling   To carve small twigs and tight spaces, Chris Lubkemann recommends reshaping the blade of your knife to give it more of a point.  In order to make the curls that decorate Chris’s roosters, flowers, trees, and other designs, you’ll also […]

by October 31, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Learn what makes the perfect pocketknife   You can whittle with almost any knife, but some will make it more fun and comfortable than others. Get advice on picking the perfect pocketknife from the expert whittler Chris Lubkemann. He’ll tell you which blades you need (and which ones you don’t) […]

by October 31, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Choosing Wood

Whittling with Chris: Choosing Wood

Learn which woods are best for whittling   Want to start whittling? Author and expert Chris Lubkemann makes it fun and easy. In this video, Chris will tell you which twigs, branches, and even household items are best for shaping into flowers, forks, roosters, owls, and other quick projects.   […]

by June 1, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Learn the secrets that unlock this striking technique By Rick Wiebe   I learned the basic process of making wooden fan birds from books and magazine articles, and then developed my unique style and process by lots of trial, error, and practice. It does take practice to get good at […]

by May 3, 2017 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Man in the Moon

Man in the Moon

Simple carving uses just a knife and a scrap of basswood By Dave Stetson In our printing of Dave Stetson’s “Man in the Moon” article (Whittling Volume 2), several photos were flipped—and YOU get to reap the benefits of our mistake! A corrected PDF of the full article is available […]

by June 7, 2013 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Power-carve an assortment of animals two by two By Tom Hindes Thousands of men and women have probably received a rotary tool as a gift and, not knowing what to do with it, put it in a drawer. This is unfortunate because you can use a rotary tool to have […]

by July 25, 2012 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Classic flat-plane design is a great beginner caricature By Harley Refsal Trolls are popular subjects from Scandinavian folklore. These fanciful creatures are ideal for carving in the flat-plane folk-art style, which originated in Scandinavia. This queen is the mate of the troll I carved in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2004 (Issue […]

by February 4, 2011 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Whittle a Flying Propeller

Whittle a Flying Propeller

Quick and easy project is perfect for beginners By Rick Wiebe This simple project doesn’t take a long time to finish, can be made with almost any stick of wood, and kids can play with it as soon as it’s complete. I use white pine, but other soft woods, such […]

by March 2, 2010 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Quick Carve Spreader

Quick Carve Spreader

Carve this useful utensil out of a branch using only a pocketknife By Chris Lubkemann Most—if not all—of my carvings are done in green wood. That’s just my style and you can easily find it when camping, hiking, or even in your back yard. or this project, choose a straight, […]

by February 5, 2010 Patterns & Projects, Whittling