While it aims to teach children and youth the craft of whittling, this is much more than just a book of techniques.
Written by an outdoor educator and accomplished green-wood carver, it provides concrete instructions on selecting wood and tools, developing safe carving skills and how to sharpen your knives, balanced by a sense of playful experimentation to inspire creativity and a sense of adventure when making things by hand. It also emphasizes an appreciation of nature, beginning by encouraging children to learn about wood by exploring the trees in their own back yard.
Detailed instructions are given for 20 projects, including various crafts and decorations, toys, musical instruments and other items both useful and whimsical.
Softcover, 8 1/2″ × 10″, 160 pages, 2019.