Whittling Twigs & Branches
Unique Birds, Flowers, Trees & More from Easy-to-Find Wood
by Chris Lubkemann

Softcover
215 x 280mm
67pp

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA

R.R.P.$18.90

ISBN 978-1-56523-236-5

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Extract from back cover of book:

With little more than a knife, a branch and a dose of concentration this book will show you how to create unique keepsakes that are fun to make, will be appreciated as gifts, or can be a popular item for sale. Author Chris Lubkemann - a woodcarver since age seven - is pleased to share his lifelong love of whittling in Whittling Twigs & Branches. Inside, you'll find everything you need to master the basic woodworking technique called curling to create birds, trees and flowers.

Getting started: choosing - and sharpening - the right knife, plus characteristics of the best wood species

Basics of Making Curls: tips and techniques on the basic cutting strokes, and details on creating tail curls

Whittling a Rooster: guidance on creating the body and the tail, details on painting and finishing and choosing a base

How-Tos on other designs: including pheasants, herons, roadrunners and miniature trees and flowers

Troubleshooting: advice on what to do when a carving doesn't proceed as planned

Photos: Colour

Contents

About the Author

Chapter One: Getting Started
- A Word about Knives
- Other Supplies
- Characteristics of Good Wood
- Wood Species

Chapter Two: The Basics of Making Curls
- Ten Rules for Branch Carving
- Basic Cutting Strokes
- Curling Cuts
- Tail Curl How-to
- Tail Curl Tricks

Chapter Three: Whittling a Rooster
- Rooster Body
- Rooster Tail
- Painting and Finishing a Rooster.
- Choosing a Base
- Hens and Chicks
- Tips for Correcting Splits and "Mess-ups"

Chapter Four: Pheasant, Heron and Roadrunner
- Pheasant How-to
- Heron How-to
- Roadrunner How-to

Chapter Five: Miniature Trees and Flowers
- Whittling a Tree
- Whittling a Flower

Chapter Six: Whittling a Letter Opener

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