With a friendly, down-home style, this guide encourages readers to whittle away the hours. Great for beginners looking for an easy way to get started and more advanced carvers looking for a relaxing way to spend their time, this instructional manual provides 18 step-by-step whittling projects, including knives, forks, birds, animals, trees, and flowers. Chapters detail the proper whittling tools and materials, including what woods are best to carve, and how to start projects by selecting and safely sharpening the best knife for each project.
Author Chris Lubkemann was born of missionary parents in Brazil and remembers his earliest attempts at woodcarving at age seven, deep in the Amazon rain forest of eastern Peru. His appreciation for wood and love for making things from it never stopped. His first forked-branch rooster hatched between his junior and senior years at college, and the hours spent whittling away actually helped pay for his education. Chris' work in the ministry has taken him to many foreign countries and throughout the United States. Wherever he has gone, he has always had a pocketknife close by with a handful of twigs and branches. So, the simple craft picked up more than 37 years ago continues to be shared and passed on to people from all over the world. Find out more about Chris at his website.